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Coast From the Air [Hardcover]

Neil Oliver
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4 Oct 2007

Viewed from the air, even the most familiar landscapes take on a startling new life. The countryside becomes a pattern; the coast becomes an edge. Humanity recedes and the land itself takes centre stage. From small harbours to expansive bridges, towering cliffs to seaside resorts - Coast from the Air gives an incredible new perspective on our green and pleasant land, and how beautiful and fragile that land can be.

In 20 chapters - each one focusing on a specific coastal region of the British Isles - over 200 outstanding aerial photographs portray the beauty and diversity of our coastline. From the Dingle to The Wash; from the mild seaside towns of England's south coast to the storm-lashed fishing villages of the Outer Hebrides, Coast from the Air is a true visual feast.


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (4 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846072662
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846072666
  • Product Dimensions: 28.3 x 25.4 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 198,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The Beauty of Scotland is overwhelming and I've often thought that Scotland's popular history is just like her landscape - impossibly romantic, obscured by mist and myth and always changing...'.

Neil Oliver is a Scottish archaeologist, historian, broadcaster and writer who has become widely known as the presenter of BBC television's flagship 10-part series A History of Scotland.

Before that his distinctive style was much in evidence as a charismatic presenter of the award-winning multi-part documentary series Coast and the author of its bestselling tie-in book.

His archaeological training at Glasgow University was put to good use in BBC2's series Two Men in a Trench where he visited historic British battlefields and attempted to recreate the events of each battle. He co-wrote the two accompanying books. He has also appeared as a contributor on The One Show, and as a presenter on The History Detectives, Time Team and Channel 4's The Face of Britain. His Amazing Tales for Making Me Out of Boys is published by Penguin. He lives in Stirling with his wife and three children.

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Many people have been glued to the major television series Coast, and it's not hard to see why. This fascinating series has reminded many people in Great Britain of something many of us had forgotten -- just how beautiful and breathtaking the coastal areas of the United Kingdom really are. For some viewers, the series has been a revelation -- and many people now believe that these coastal areas are in fact the greatest natural glories the country has offer. Neil Oliver's large and impressive book Coast from the Air has set itself a difficult task: to conjure up in single, frozen images the same exhilarating experience that the TV films can offer. And it's a measure of the success of this book that this is largely what is accomplished. All the panoramic images here -- often spread over two sizeable pages -- managed to conjure everything from the first century Broch of Gurness -- one of the best preserved pre-Viking sites in Scotland -- to the sheer cliffs plunging into the North Sea at Dunnottar Castle (the latter is particularly good at encapsulating just what makes the book so enjoyable -- as well as the natural beauty of the land mass, the photography captures the play of light on the waves: equally important, of course, as part of the experience). Oliver, an archaeologist and writer, has excavated areas ranging from the earliest prehistoric sites in Scotland through to those of the Wars of the Roses, the English Civil War and, later, the battlefields of the Second World War in England and France. He is the perfect guide to the topographical riches contained herein, and while the book may be light on text for some tastes, Neil Oliver is clearly well aware that the images speak for themselves -- and eloquently. --Barry Forshaw

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Tied-in to the multi-award-winning BBC2 series, this is a breath-taking aerial perspective of the UK and Ireland's amazing 10,000-mile coastline.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Poor Photos 25 Dec 2007
Format:Hardcover
I received this at Christmas but was badly disappointed by the shockingly poor quality photographs, which were low resolution and sometimes blurred. You need to check the book first at a high street book shop before buying online, in case you too are disappointed by the poor resolution of the photographs.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Come on BBC! 21 Aug 2008
By G J C
Format:Hardcover
One of my loves in life is aerial photography. The TV series was excellent so I had high hopes for the book. What a let down: how can the BBC put out such a poor product? The resolution and poor print quality does no justice to what could be great pictures. I suspect it was done to manage the publication costs, yet the book is not cheap. Avoid.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The good, the bad and the mediocre 2 Jan 2008
Format:Hardcover
I got this book because I have in mind to do a similar project on New Zealand and this book provides lessons, in particular:
1. Summer is not a good time to take aerial photos because of the amount of haze and dust in the atmosphere.
2. If you have no choice about (1) then at least use a uv filter
3. Telephoto lenses will make the focus soft
4. Don't take photos with incident sun angles, keep the sun behind you.
The photos in the book are a mix of good, bad and medocre with enough good to cancel the effect of the bad, leaving the whole thing mediocre. The book design is mediocre too; the use of a band of lime green across every page spread doesn't work and the obliteraton of part of the photo introducing each new chapter with a double thick version of this band is bad. A thin line in a natural darker green would have been OK. "Artistic" white space seems inevitable among pictorial book designers, but there is just too much of it, and I would have used different fonts. The TV series has not yet made it here, hopefully it will be a lot better than this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars coast* 2 July 2009
Format:Hardcover
This book is a presentational mess. It is high time the BBC appointed a layout specalist so its books can be presented to their best advantage.The book is slightly wider and shorter than A4-a totally inappropriate size-it should have been at least A3.
After a very poor introduction the book is divided into 18 sections covering various areas of coastal Britain and Ireland as follows England-11,Scotland-4,Ireland-2, Wales-1.
Each section has 10 pages.The first 2 pages are a double page spread,the third a picture, the fourth a whimsical comment and the remainder pictures with captions.
The pictures are mainly quite good but those covering one and ahalf or two pages have lost all integrity by the creases.
A much better text is required rather than the pointless one that is provided.
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