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Ordnance Survey reaches deal over outdoor novel

Posted 16 June 2010
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Ordnance Survey reaches deal over outdoor novel
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The Ordnance Survey (OS) has reached an agreement with the publishers of a novel based on the experiences of three men who go walking on the West Highland Way that had used a front cover resembling one of their Landranger maps.

After threatening to legal action against JonesCat publishing over the cover of The Hills are Stuffed with Swedish Girls, the OS has decided not to proceed, Grough reports.

It quoted a spokesman for the map agency as saying: "We have decided not to continue our objection to JonesCat Publishing regarding the cover design of The Hills Are Stuffed With Swedish Girls."

He added that it was in the "best interests of both parties" to take the matter no further after contact with JonesCat.

Director of the publishers David Marsh said a second edition of the novel will now be printed, with author Richard Happer carrying out a book signing on June 17th on the Devil's Staircase in Glencoe, the highest point on the West Highland Way.

Those using Ordnance Survey maps may use them for a walk up the route, which climbs the Devil's Staircase on the stretch between King's House and Kinlochleven.

Posted by Elaine Arthur