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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books (18 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753541742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753541746
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 2.5 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tom Jones is the author of "Tired of London, Tired of Life: One Thing A Day To Do in London" and the creator of the website of the same name, and the author of "Mad Dogs & Englishmen: A Year of Things to See and Do in England".


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Book Description

A seasonal snapshot of things to do in England at any time of the year, come rain or come shine or rain.

About the Author

Tom Jones is a writer and researcher who lives in South East London. He is happiest when discovering new things to do and believes it is important to make the most of where you live. Born in the South Cotswolds, before creating Tired of London, Tired of Life, he worked as a researcher at the House of Commons, as a white van man and in the Armed Forces Medal Office.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bantam Dave TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Dec 2013
Format: Hardcover
My first impressions of this book were good. I thought the jade and red cover was attractive and once I looked inside the contents seemed nicely laid out. The overall package suggested quality, the sort of book that would make an ideal gift. Unfortunately once I started reading it the flaws soon became obvious.

The biggest problem is that the basic premise of the book, listing things that can be done in England in month order, sometimes doesn't make sense. Whilst it works fine for annual organised events, for example in January it suggests that the reader visit the Straw Bear Festival in Whittlesea or play the Hood Game at Haxey in Lincolnshire, the book also suggests that that month you should visit The Deep in Hull, climb Big Ben or tour HMS Trincomalee in Hartlepool. Why? Surely these are attractions can be visited at ANY time of the year. It would appear they have been listed for January purely to fill the gaps between the organised events. The other drawback of listing the things to see and do in this fashion is that it means that it would be difficult to use this book as a travel aid. Holiday makers in Devon, for example, couldn't really consult this book to find out what were the attractions of the area. This could have been easily rectified by the inclusion of an addition of a second index listing the attractions by counties, but this has been overlooked.

My other main complaint is that whilst there are some photo's in the book there are not nearly enough. There are many blank spaces, pointless illustrations or spaces for notes (does anybody ever make use of these?)in this book that could and should have been filled with pictures of the attractions described.

On the plus side, I found the text of the book to be quite enjoyable.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James Stephenson on 10 Sep 2013
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This is a robust, well-produced hardback that anybody holidaying in England should look at or possess. It is nicely printed and illustrated. If you have a holiday cottage that you let to overseas guests, you should leave a copy on the bookshelf. If you live in England and enjoy weeks/weekends/days away you should have a copy and flick through it for ideas.

A drawback is that the proposed activities, visits, outings and so on, are arranged by month, not by geography. So, you are in the Cotswolds in May and you have 4 suggested activities: watch the Cheese Rolling at Cooper's Hill, the Tetbury Sack Race, the Cotswolds Olimpicks near Chipping Camden and admire the view from Selsley Common. The first three you can only see on the day that they happen? You can walk on Selsley Common any day.

We are off to North Yorkshire for a week next week. According to October's chapter there is nothing worth doing there (although plenty in other destinations that we could do any day of the year).

Going through the whole of the rest of the book chapter-by-monthly-chapter to look for things to do I N Yorkshire, it recommends two pubs, a seaside resort (and its theatre), a natural feature and a stately home; all accessible year-round but arbitrarily assigned to months rather tied to a destination. The index doesn't allow the reader to search by area. None popped up in the October Chapter.

A good book to keep on one side to help plan holidays. However, most of the activities suggested are not time-sensitive but you have to work your way through to discover which events are for a day or three and which are there year round.

More a bogside/bedside planning book than a definitive "where are we going next month" holiday arrangement accessory.l
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cordelia1986 on 16 Oct 2013
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Having enjoyed Tired of London, Tired of Life, I was looking forward to this book. Unfortunately, it just doesn't deliver.

It has some good ideas, but the layout is so bad - it's all over the place. If it included ideas for trips which incorporated various sites etc, this might have been useful.

As it is, you have to do quite a bit of work to find three things in the same area!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alison Louisa on 6 Sep 2013
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Must have book for anyone who's interesting in a staycation or any fans of weekend mini-breaks. It's not just a year of things to see and do, it inspires you to get out there in our great country and to experience the weird, the eccentric and the beautiful. I've already walked in England's only desert and drank in a Mancunian public toilet. Here's to more of the same!
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By golf on 12 May 2014
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Excellent. Make great presents so much to do in them I want to explore the whole country from top to bottom and I'm English so have seen a lot of it
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