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Seaside Resorts [Hardcover]

Candida Lycett Green
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20 Oct 2011
Seaside Resorts is the follow-up to Candida Lycett Green's bestselling Unwrecked England, a collection of 100 places from her longstanding column in The Oldie magazine. The book is a celebration of the British seaside resort and sees Candida Lycett Green travel to 50 of the best across England and Wales - from Braodstairs to Bridlington, Southwold to Swanage, Torquay to Tenby. In the spirit of her father John Betjeman, she captures their essence and reveals their physical beauty, bright and breezy architecture - and humour.

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Oldie Publications Ltd; First Edition edition (20 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1901170179
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901170177
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 394,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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`Candida Lycett Green's Seaside Resorts is a celebration of her 50 British favourites and a perfect Christmas present to suit man, woman or child. Who better to be a judge of coastal quality?' ..... `Somehow the essence of each resort is conjured so vividly you wish you were there. Architectural highlights and literary connections for each resort are noted but learning is worn lightly and comic insights abound.' --Mary Killen, The Lady, 11 November 2011

`What a wonderful book. Seaside resorts are the UK's fragile corals, blooming intermittently from our shores and symbolising our enchantment with the sea. It's impossible to flip the pages of this lavish top 50 selection of recreational gems without being tempted towards the closest railway station.'
--Nicholas Crane, Five star review in Countryfile Magazine, November 2011

What's not to like about Candida Lycett Green's Seaside Resorts (Oldie Publications, £14.99)? Lovely colour photographs of over 50 of England's prettiest seaside towns, accompanied by spry, architecturally informed
little essays that give the reader the gist of each place: if there's a better book to give for Christmas published this autumn, I'd like to see it.
--Cressida Connolly, The Spectator, October, 2011

"Potted histories of each resort ...are accompanied by some stunning photographs but it is the author's own observations and discoveries that make this book much more than a run-of-the-mill guide.. Very interesting!"
--This England, Winter 2011

"Potted histories of each resort ...are accompanied by some stunning photographs but it is the author's own observations and discoveries that make this book much more than a run-of-the-mill guide.. Very interesting!" --This England, Winter 2011

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Until the 18th century, when people talked of resorts, they were referring to the inland spa towns like Bath or Tunbridge Wells. George III and his extravagant son, the Prince Regent, helped to make the new cult of the seaside and sea-bathing fashionable. The aristocracy and local developers were hot on their heels, building grand terraces and esplanades. In the late 19th century, the concept of taking paid holidays began, and the masses made the resorts their own. It is this juxtaposition of grandeur and the saucy seaside postcards of Donald McGill which gives our resorts their unique flavour.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully illustrated and wonderful research 14 Dec 2011
By BlueCat
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This is a really beautiful book that would be the perfect Christmas present for many people. Some of the resorts included I know well myself, but most were new to me and I could feel myself itching to head off to my local railway station and visit a few myself! Candida Lycett Green has a marvellous way with words and she paints some wonderful portraits of the resorts, and includes fascinating nuggets of information too, about their history or famous visitors or some little quirk. For example, did you know the real Alice, who inspired Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, spent her summers as a child in Llandudno? Or that Lyme Regis inspired Whistler and Jane Austen? Or that the mild climate in Ventnor on the Isle of Wight made it the perfect place for convalescing? The book also has some glorious photos that really capture the character of the resorts. Highly recommended!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 28 Mar 2013
By Al
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I found many of the pictures in this book to be too dark and drab looking. Many of the Resorts I have not been to did not look to be worth the visit.
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