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Novel 'will help ordnance survey sales'

Posted 1 February 2010
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Novel 'will help ordnance survey sales'
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The writer of a book whose cover resembles an Ordnance Survey map says it will help boost map sales, in response to legal threats from the organisation.

Jones Cat Publishing is being accused of breaching copyright with the cover of its book The Hills are Stuffed with Swedish Girls.

The cover features a large picture of a girl's bottom in denim shorts bearing a Swedish flag against a backdrop of mountains, while the rest of the cover has a similar format to the Landranger 1:50,000 maps, with comparable fonts, colours and symbols.

However, author Richard Happer told Grough the novel - about the adventures of three lads walking the West Highland Way - should have positive effects for Ordnance Survey as it is encouraging people to walk the route.

"Those people will all be buying Ordnance Survey maps when they hit the hills," he stated.

An Ordnance Survey spokesperson told the Daily Record it was the body's job to "protect the reputation of our brand".

The West Highland Way runs for 84 miles from Milngavie near Glasgow to Fort William, with features along the way including the West Highland Wall in the bar of the Ben More Lodge at Crianlarich.

Posted by Brandon Egley