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24 Hours in the City: Tallinn [Paperback]

Sankha Guha
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8 May 2002
24 HOURS IN THE CITY is a dramatically new series of travel guides. Created and edited by the well-known travel journalist Sankha Guha, each guide will provide an in-depth and entertaining introduction to the most dynamic and exciting cities in Europe today. Geared to the needs of readers who are cosmopolitan and sophisticated 24 HOURS IN THE CITY takes you straight to the beating heart of the city. Racy, pacy, glamorous and packed with information to use this series is more concerned with what’s happening now than the history and myths of a place. Combining cutting edge design, photography and rigorous journalism 24 HOURS IN THE CITY is a cool lifestyle accessory for busy people. 24 HOURS IN THE CITY: TALLINN is a high-quality, large format publication, rich in graphics and stunning photography. Written by Sankha Guha and his team the text is incisive, witty and opinionated. Readers meet a ‘cast’ of 24 charismatic local people, specially selected, illustrating different facets of the lifestyle of the city. Their stories and their recommendations - for the best clubs, sights, shops and bars - create a unique insider’s view of the city. The ’24’ leitmotif extends throughout the guide providing an hour-by-hour account of the city. The treatment is funky, offbeat, original. At the same time it packs in all the practical information a visitor needs - around the clock.

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  • Paperback: 84 pages
  • Publisher: Fuzzy Media Ltd (8 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954276302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954276300
  • Product Dimensions: 29.4 x 23.6 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,073,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

We have torn up the old idea of the guide book. By combining witty, rigorous journalism with cutting edge design and photography, 24 Hours in the City is a tool kit for anyone who loves cities and doesn't want to be a tourist.

About the Author

Currently a familiar face on prime time BBC1, Sankha Guha’s career has spanned all the big terrestrial channels. He has made his mark in youth television, news, current affairs and consumer journalism, and is now established as the BBC’s premier on-screen travel specialist.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Transforming a city into colour 16 July 2002
By A Customer
Although I loved my recent visit to Tallinn, I always felt essentially an outsider. The city is beautiful and vital, but it seems difficult to penetrate the mysteries of the town. The great benefit of this book is that it uses the experinces of natives of the city to lead you into the heart of Tallinn. Estonians are intense and ambitious, and the depths of the book lie not only in highlighting the salient social and cultural aspects of the town, but also in portraying the character of Estonia. Having read '24 Hours in the city : Tallinn' I feel that visiting the city for the second time will be like viewing the city in colour, rather than in black and white.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A breath of fresh air 6 Jan 2003
By A Customer
Having returned from a 4 day break in Tallinn recently,I found this guide a refreshing change from the Lonely planet/Rough guide formulas. The idea of using real characters to 'guide' you through the best that the city has to offer encourages visitors to seek out areas of the city that would not necessarily be found quickly (essential when time is limited). The format is superb and a visual treat. The content is bang up to date, diverse and inspiring. It really motivates you to 'experience'and let events unfold rather than to have a planned itinery. As we all know, this approach usually leads to the best travel experiences anyway.
What this guide does is to give you the inspiration to explore the city and especially its people in depth, armed with enough knowledge of their aspirations and culture to feel confident enough in approaching them ,but not too much not to leave you wanting to find out and experience more. An inspiring piece of travel writing with a genuinely different approach to what already exists. Hopefully there will be many more to come!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely in with the 'Crowd' 19 Feb 2003
By A Customer
Sankha Guha has certainly landed with the crowd in Tallinn. Having lived there for 5 years as an ex-pat, each one of these faces is familiar. If you're looking for the cocaine and caiparinha induced tour of fun, this is probably the best guide to pick up. Although his reviews are clearly coloured by the people involved in the shoot or the chemicals they are under the influence of, rather than having an opinion of his own, the places are definitely the right ones. This may be as a result of Tallinn being a very small place... and that is probably the point. Enjoy it while it lasts.
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1.0 out of 5 stars 24 Hours in the City: Tallinn 4 July 2003
If you are used to the Lonely Planet type of guide book this is not for you. I feel that this title is a complete waste of money. There is very little practical information provided. The main sites to visit only receive a small amount of detail and there is very little information on the history of the city.
I'll be leaving this title at home on a forthcoming visit to the city.
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