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Win a map of Liverpool

It's not a substitute for a sat-nav, but it'll look good on your wall. We have five to give away, signed, worth £25 a time

Published on December 22nd 2009.

Win a map of Liverpool

Fed up reaching for your Superlambanana every time life gets frustrating? Does your John Lennon bathrobe cause your skin to chafe?

Face it, there's a bit of Mersey-phile in all of us. Who hasn't got a city souvenir somewhere at home, or a Penny Lane mug at work.

Perhaps there is someone you have to buy for at this time of year, or an expat, and isn't it same-old, same old when you visit the 08 Place in search of inspiration among all those tellies?

But wait. What about this: A highly detailed map of the city that has been created by Stephen Walter?

Walter is a well-known artist who had already produced a borough-by-borough map of London (it's now in the British Library) when he came to Liverpool.

He arrived here, in a city he did not know, to spend five days following a trail of contacts, and he was to enjoy a whistle stop, warts and all tour in order to make an overview map. The creation would rely upon the very personal knowledge and idiosyncratic views of others, juxtaposed with cultural and historical facts.

However, while out and about, the artist came upon a local lass and showed her his etchings. She was impressed and he vowed to return to visit his new love on a regular basis.

He also discovered “the pride and energy with which Liverpudlians talk, and how they feel about their city”, and his project got far larger than he, his girlfriend or anyone else could ever have imagined.

The result is an intricate chart of the city, geographically accurate and highlights many of Liverpool's main roads, railway lines, built up areas, monuments and green spaces. It records several memorable viewpoints from different parts of the city.

“I began to translate Liverpool's character to paper, its quirks, its stereotypes (oh aye?), places of interest and etymology of place names into a celebration of the nature of Liverpool itself ”.

The result is guaranteed to please the eye, and delight the lover of Liverpool in equal measure and is £25 from the Bluecoat.

But we have five signed copies to give away today. Just answer the question, below, to the best of your ability.

True, false or don't know: Adolf Hitler used to live in Stanhope Street and worked in Ye Cracke at the weekend

This competition has now closed. Congratulations to our winners.

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