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Mountain: Exploring Britain's High Places Hardcover – 26 Jul 2007


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd (26 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718149890
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718149895
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 2.4 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 618,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A stunning reminder of what's on our doorstep' -- Wanderlust

'Rhys Jones finds humour in the most remote places'
-- Herald --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Griff Rhys Jones was born in 1953. He was educated at Brentwood School and Cambridge University. On the way to becoming a writer, he worked as a security guard, a petrol pump attendant and a television star. Griff is the writer of To the Baltic with Bob and Semi-Detached. His TV credits include Not The Nine o' Clock News, Alas Smith and Jones, Restoration and Three Men in a Boat.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. I. B. Dickson on 8 Nov 2007
Format: Hardcover
An excellent addition to the recent BBC TV series. Super photos and an entertaining text by Griff Rhys Jones. I only gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because of the lack of any maps to refer to as you read the book. In a book of this nature which is constantly referring to different locations all over the British Isles this is a serious omission, otherwise highly recommended!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. A. Deacon on 12 Feb 2008
Format: Hardcover
I never saw the TV series so I don't know what it was like. Superficially the book is pleasing. However, there are some major factual errors which marred my enjoyment. What worries me is that if there are so many mistakes that I know about how many more are there in areas where I don't have an expertise. There are some real howlers here:
"The Torridonian is 400 million years old" - it is at least double that, probably 1000 million years old.
"The Black Cuillins are granite" - no, the Red Cuillins are granite, the Black Cuillins are Gabbro. He does call them Gabbro later on but that's like getting sandstone and limestone mixed up.
"The big stones at Stonehenge were dragged from Wales"- no, the big stones, the Sarsens, are relatively local, the smaller bluestones come from Wales. If he had just said some of the stones came from Wales.
"The Honister Slate is 4 million years old" - Sigh, only out by a hundred times. It is round about 500 million years old.
You or your researchers need to get your act together Griff.
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By Mr. K. Edwards on 19 July 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Great series
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Flyer on 28 Jan 2011
Format: Hardcover
If you like Griff Rhys Jones and the television series then you will enjoy the book that was published for the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Why did he write this book? 5 Jan 2010
By im sry but this sucks. i mean i haven't even downloaded the app yet. and im not. sry! - Published on Amazon.com
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To be fair, Mr. Jones did start the book with the suggestion that he wasn't terribly keen on this project. But he did take it on, and I'm sure the TV show was good in that quirky British way enjoyed by PBS viewers. The book, unfortunately, was dull and Mr. Jones' lack of interest in the subject matter came through. I remember the superbly droll humour of Mr. Jones from his TV shows in the 80s, and perhaps I'm being unfair expecting that same approach in this book. If, however, you think well of Griff Rhys Jones then like me you'll enjoy reading his short take on walking in the UK. Otherwise........
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