`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
From the Inside Flap
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.