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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (28 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715337610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715337615
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1.6 x 15.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Richard Hamblyn is the author of The Invention of Clouds, which won the 2002 Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize; Terra: Tales of the Earth, a study of natural disasters, described by the Guardian as 'beautifully written, richly detailed and brilliantly judged'; and The Art of Science: A Natural History of Ideas, a collection of 101 pieces of readable science writing from the Babylonians to the Higgs boson.

He has also written three illustrated books in association with the Met Office: The Cloud Book; Extraordinary Clouds; and Extraordinary Weather, as well editing Daniel Defoe's The Storm for Penguin Classics.

Richard currently teaches on the Creative Writing BA at Birkbeck College, University of London, and is working on a collection of (mostly) true stories about (mostly) made-up landscapes.

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perfect companion to a recession-proof hobby […] packed with photos […] interesting introduction to something we all take for granted --Good Book Guide

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Dr Richard Hamblyn is a post-doctoral research fellow at Nottingham University, England, and is the author of prrevious D&C titles The Cloud Book and Extraordinary Clouds. He lives in London.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By C. Hatfield TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Aug. 2010
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If you've ever wondered aloud what sort of cloud was drifting across your field of vision as you lay back in your garden lounger. If you've ever seen clouds rolling in as you pass the point of no-return between your house and the pub and wondered if you should have brought a coat. If you've got fed up with other 'spotting' hobbies because the focus of your hobby keeps flying or buzzing away before you can get an identification book out. Then cloud spotting and this book is for you.

The guide is very logically laid out with each cloud having its own section. There's a handy quick reference bit at the front with small pictures of clouds and the pages you need to turn to for a more detailed identification. Each section has a description of what a particular cloud can tell you about the weather due to come your way. This is one of the clearest and best laid out books, of its type, I have ever seen.

I've bought several copies for other people who, upon seeing my copy, have asked for their own. There's quite a group of us at work across the world who now are members of the cloud spotting fraternity and have copies of this book. I can't help but feel that this is how loony cults start!

Buy this book and join us!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Bill on 22 Sept. 2010
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I wanted a straightforward, but well-informed book about clouds. This would enable me to identify different kinds of cloud, with some ideas about what that might mean for the weather in the short term. This book fulfills that wish admirably. The photographs are of a high quality, and the text is very clear. The book slips easily into a jacket pocket, so is readily accessible while outdoors.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By queuerious on 19 Oct. 2012
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This is a simple, clear, and well-written book of the 27 classified cloud types. With the old adage of a picture speaking a thousand words, this book succinctly explains and identifies each cloud type with a masterful colour photograph of the archetypal example. Keeping the contents to a minimum enables a true pocket book to be kept in your coat or any bag, for reference and enjoyment.

Perhaps surprisingly, clouds are essentially just symptoms of what is going on in the atmosphere - clouds themselves do not really comprise of 'the weather' itself. The reasons for the cloud shapes, altitudes and behaviour (rain or otherwise) are the changing airmasses, temperatures, pressures (highs and lows, etc.) and humidity levels, whose complex resultants produce patterns above our heads (usually) that we call clouds.

Unfortunately, given the brevity of the book - which is a winning formula as just a book on clouds - there is no space to explore and impart a greater understanding just how and why such clouds form, which would surely have raised this book to 5 stars.

For a primer on clouds, as a reference and guide to viewing and starting to understand meteorology by starting with cloud viewing, this is a great book.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By V. Howard on 20 Sept. 2010
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A really useful and compact little book. I also bought one as a gift for a friend who is a 'cloud fanatic' and she loves it. Clear illustrations and explanations and a compact size to fit in your pocket.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By david b dumble on 16 Feb. 2011
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The title says it all - This is the ideal companion for anyone who likes watching clouds but doesn't know what the various kinds of cloud mean. Small enough to keep handy when traveling, it covers pretty well any cloud types you are likely to see & tells you what effect they are likely to have on the weather. The quick reference pages are particularly useful for rapid identification.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J P. McHugh on 2 May 2011
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Nice little book you can carry around in your pocket when out walking or just sky gazing. Plenty of colour pics and good explanations.

Nice one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gm Howard on 8 Sept. 2011
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I've always found clouds very interesting but knew nothing about them. This book has enlightened me. It is so informative, yet easy to follow and understand. I don't suppose I'll ever be an expert in the cloud business but this little gem will keep me well informed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JAYESSE on 20 Oct. 2012
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As said it fits in your pocket and is good but now,having become a bit of a cloud fan and being a total newbie at it I've found there are more accessible books available which include much more information which for me is really useful.
So I have this, the Collins Gem and the Cloud spotters guide which give me a broad field of information to fill in the gaps that this book has in that in comparison I find it rather dry.
I hope that in the future this handy reference will come completely into it's own.
The reference pictures at the front are already particularly useful
I would recommend it whole heartedly but a little foreknowledge would help in my opinion.
And some time later having bought a couple of other 'cloud' books this one has come into it's own.

I can only speak for myself but the various classifications can be really confusing without the basic (and I mean basic as in coming from a place of no knowledge) underpinnings and that was what I lacked.
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