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Food on the Move: the Extraordinary World of the Motorway Service Area [Paperback]

David Lawrence , Alain de Botton , Laurie Taylor , Sancha Briffa , Iain Borden
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11 Sep 2010
The definitive architecture, design and cultural history of the motorway service area, its places and its people. Fully illustrated throughout with forewords by Joan Bakewell and Michael Bracewell, writing by Richard Wentworth, and essays by Alain de Botton, Iain Borden, Laurie Taylor and Sancha Briffa.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Between Books; 1st edition (11 Sep 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 0953698017
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953698011
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 22.4 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 514,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Consistently illuminating and readable, the overall effect of Food on the Move is stumbling across a superb and unheralded documentary on BBC4. --Icon Magazine February 2011

This book by motorway service enthusiast David Lawrence looks at the fascinating, weird and wonderful world of the most underated British architecture around. You'll never look at a motorway services again after reading this fantastic book.
--motortorque.com December 2010

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Little is ever committed to print about roadside diners, and in particular those staggeringly busy and utterly fascinating motorway service stations that serve more meals to more people than probably any other form of eaterie. As a nation of road users, we swarm to these curiously artless places. We really ought to know more about motorway buildings, of their ambitions, their designers, and their special, if ineffably banal place in our daily lives. In this book, David Lawrence is our guide, and a very good guide too because his research is thorough and enquiring, his tone measured, yet his style lively and driven through with intelligent rather than patronising humour. David Lawrence is the kind of guide who makes such all to often crass places as utterly absorbing as in fact they really are.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Fantastic Book 8 Nov 2013
Wow this really is a fantastic book, to be honest I had no idea it existed until I received it today in a chance encounter. I had always been looking for a book with the history of service stations, being a big fan of the Happy Eater back in the 80's. This book does not disappoint, it has old menu's, fab photos, plenty of info and text on the history of such establishments (my personal fav being the chapter on Happy Eater / Little Chef). Apparently the book is available, despite it saying out of stock, you just need to request to buy a copy. I wholeheartedly say track the book down if you like some good old retro motorway history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Food onthe move 17 Jun 2013
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Excellent Book. A broad and excellent read. Worth spending a bit of time over such an unusual and enlightening subject
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5.0 out of 5 stars Food on the move 9 Oct 2011
I bought this for my hubby, he has not put it down since, he says it is amazing. Roads and travel are his thing- he's obsessed so book about motorway service is just up his street! LOL!
However, the book itself is not very well made and is coming away from the spine
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book 28 Jan 2011
By David
A really good read, lots of great phots and interesting words about motorways, design, food and people. And this book is available! Its not really out of stock (that's just a message), so please order one today and you'll get it very quickly.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Expect delays just like on the M25... 17 Feb 2011
This is not really a review and I don't wish to be unfair to anyone, but I suspect the above 'review' has been submitted by the book's author. I'd love to own this book and have ordered a copy. However, it clearly isn't in stock and you won't receive a copy quickly - I ordered my copy on February 9th and I'm still waiting.

Perhaps the Highways Agency have cursed the publication of this book and caused the delay, but someone clearly needs to get their act together here.
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