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Great British Weather Disasters [Hardcover]

Philip Eden
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20 Sep 2008
Weather correspondent Philip Eden has written a fascinating book on a vast subject: the weather, or more specifically, weather disasters. Balancing just the right amount of science with illustrations and practical language, this book asks and answers some difficult questions that must be discussed.Here is a popular book with big set-piece descriptions accompanied by illustrations at its core, but with enough science to attract both the specialist reader and to educate the lay reader without scaring them off. Disaster books traditionally feed on hype, sensationalism and bad science. Eden redresses the balance.What then is the place of weather disasters in our climate? Are they freaks or a necessary part of the whole? How rare are meteorological event does it take to cause chaos in our day-to-day lives? Are we becoming more at risk and less capable of dealing with them? Or do we just complain more? These days we try and mitigate the effects of different hazards, by acquiring personal and property protection - individually, personally and politically.So what is the role of local and central government, the insurance industry, the media and the public? And how do we actually measure disaster? By rarity, insurance cost, death toll, recovery times or what? Can we merge all these so we can compare - say - the 1976 drought with the 1891 blizzard? Can we rank disasters? 15,000 died in last year's European heatwave. Is this the shape of things to come? What will happen when the Gulf Stream/North Atlantic Drift stops flowing? Here are just a few of Philip Eden's topics in a book which will be riveting to readers.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. (20 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082647621X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826476210
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 14 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 654,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"this is a timely herald and fascinating book that is uniquely British in its concern" --Sanford Lakoff "The Catholic Herald "

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Philip Eden is the weather correspondent of the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph. He also presents his own programme on BBC Radio Five Live.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and Invividual - Excellent read 8 Oct 2008
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This is a good book for anyone interested not just in disasters, but in the Weather & Climate of the British Isles.

It is easy to read, irrespective of your level of knowledge on the subject, and is very well researched.

It is written in an individual, sometimes amusing, but always informative style

Highly recommended
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great British Weather Disasters. 3 Dec 2011
By Sue
Great British Weather Disasters reminds the reader how quickly we forget weather, either good or bad. I was a little disappointed that it only concentrated on the 20th century but it does occasionally refer back to earlier severe weather before this time. I would have liked a bibliography and list of web-sites so that I could do further research.
It is both an interesting read and useful reference book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extreme British Weather! 31 May 2011
This is another very enjoyable book from Philip Eden looking at weather disasters/events in the UK. The book is in two parts: Part 1 sets the scene and deals with the nature, and coping with, the hazard. There are ten chapters on notable snowstorms, fog and smogs, summer floods, destructive gales and droughts, plus a chapter on the worst, and possible future disasters; there are also some case studies comparing 19th century events with some recent ones - the 1887 drought compared with the 2005-06 drought, for example. Part 2 is a chronology of weather events in each year from 1901-2008.

The author takes a look - redressing the balance - at why so-called extreme weather events are often "spun" by government and industry for the benefit of their own political and commercial interests, when in fact similar events have often occured in the past. It also is written at a time when there is a lot of concern around about climate change making extreme weather in the UK possibly more likely. Are we more at risk than in the past or are we just less able to cope nowadays?

The book is very informative and highly recommended for anyone with a general interest in weather; there are interesting photos, synoptic charts, tables and statistics on the topics covered.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars its helped me with my exams! 24 Sep 2007
philip edan has helped me to understand alot more about weather and has got me interested in taking the study of weather patterns further! he has mainly helped me with my geography exams!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A different kind of disaster book 7 Oct 2009
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One of the big problems with modern times is the lack of appreciation of history. Everything today is the "worst" or the "biggest" or the "most destructive." That's where this book shines--it presents a strong case (abet biased to the UK) that we have always had weather disasters. Philip Eden is one of the most respected meteorologists in the UK and here he makes a good argument that we basically need to know our weather history ... or be doomed to repeat it. This book is a very good scientific discussion--not presented in sensational terms--of Britain's great weather disasters such as flooding, drought and snowstorms. A good read, particularly for meteorologists and those who love weather.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too drab 30 Mar 2009
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This may of been my fault - but I was expecting a book on weather disasters (for this price) to include color illustrations. It was small and had very few photographs. Returned it.
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