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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Pavilion; 1st edition. edition (18 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862058342
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862058347
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 2.3 x 29.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 275,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Combining history and geography in an exciting tapestry, this will captivate people of all ages." --The Good Book Guide

"The view from above reveals the unusual, the hidden and the quirky features of the UK... as well as a fresh perspective of things we are familiar with from ground level. Overall a unique, compelling and often surprising journey of how Britain has been transformed over thousands of years." --Outdoor Photography

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Ian Harrison has written and researched a number of books on subjects ranging from modern airports to ancient battlefields. He compiled the Reader's Digest Book of Firsts and Where Were You When? Ian lives and writes in London.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Pat B on 2 Sept. 2008
Format: Hardcover
What a great book. I happened to stumble upon the tv show when I was channel flicking last weekend and was totally engrossed. They mentioned the companion book so ordered it online the next day. And I wasn't dissapointed. It's got some amazing photographs and fantastic ariel shots (i wish that my photography was that good!). I really recommend this book...not just something to dip into from time to time but as a great gift to give to someone too.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By RC VINE VOICE on 11 Aug. 2008
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This is an amazing book - I bought a copy for my Dad as he loves this sort of thing. Stunning photography and excellent for "dipping in and out" whenever you feel like it. I loved the "making of the series" piccies at the back too.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Effee on 13 Feb. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Some of the photos were very good but mostly they were on industrial scenes in the south of England. I was expecting more variety from the whole country.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Alice Williams on 3 Sept. 2008
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I bought Britain From Above as a present and what a success! The whole family were enthralled. Amazing and unique photography alongside interesting commentary make this book a real showpiece and a good addition to any coffee table. I think I might have to buy a copy for myself!
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Firstly, although this is the book that accompanied the TV series, Andrew Marr did not write it. Marr provided the foreword, but the words are those of someone called Ian Harrison. Secondly, although there were six TV episodes, the book is split into nine chapters. As Harrison explains, it is still essentially the book of the series; he adds that the value of the book over the DVD is primarily "the leisure to pore over the images in detail."

In his introduction, Harrison points out that, "This is not a conventional book of aerial photographs - there are no grand shots of Britain's castles, cathedrals or stately homes, no stunning vistas of our magnificent coastline and most famous tourist attractions; rather, it is packed with the unusual, the industrial, the hidden and the quirky." This is true. It is not a look from above necessarily at outstanding landscape or important heritage sites, but rather tat aspects of modern British life: pylons and quarry pits, sewage works and car parks. Our small individual actions from turning on a tap to throwing away an item of rubbish are seen in frightening proportions when looked at here in a national context.

All well and good, but immediately on commencing the meat of the book the reader comes across negative issues, such as the frustrating mixture of imperial and metric. Thus Loch Ness is measured in miles for its length and breadth but the reader will not immediately be able to gauge its depth in comparison because that measurement is given in metres. Duh! Another bugbear is that some of the captions are not as specific as to their location as one might have want or expect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By weener on 24 Nov. 2013
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Britain from above hardback book.
I gave it to someone visiting Britain, they found things they didn't know, so enjoyable reading
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