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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books (Feb 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155297748X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552977484
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 1.9 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 483,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Jan 2005
Format: Hardcover
"Britain's Best Buildings" and told "best well". Cruikshank's tellings are excellent. The Viewer is drawn into the Master's explanation, and his surprises become ours. I still think that his exposition of the Circus and Square of Bath is one of his best, but then so are those of Durham Cathedral and the Forth Railway Bridge. Just watch, and expand yourself a little.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Mar 2005
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I wanted this book for ages having watched the t.v series with dan cruickshank and found the buildings and their histories thoroughly fascinating. This book is a really excellent campanion for the t.v series and if like me you are a fan of history and architecture then it is a must have. Dan Cruickshank explores the personalities of the buildings and their inhabitants and there are plenty of high quality photographs of the exterior and interior of the buildings to give you a real feel for them. If you loved the t.v series or just like your architectural history then this is definately the book for you.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Philip Roberts on 6 Jan 2003
Format: Hardcover
How many amazing buildings do we walk past here in the UK, without a second glance? Where maybe if we took a moment to look up at the detail and effort that went them, we would think, "Wow!"
The Story of Britain's Best Buildings only scratches the surface of some of the amazing architecture we have on our doorstep. From Tower Bridge, a monument of British engineering and usefulness, to The Midland Grand Hotel at St Pancras, which I myself walk past almost daily, and have only now appreciated its imposing and masculine presence.
Along with Cardiff Castle, Highpoint One and Holyrood House (and more) this book, with its powerful pictures, shows us some of our best buildings. There are some, that sadly do not make it, such as St George's Hall in Liverpool, or The Houses of Parliament, maybe there is room here for a volume two?
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Format: Hardcover
Very enjoyable book. Masses of intersting detail. There aren't many buildings included, so each of them gets the full Monty!
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Grab your brolly and your roadmap and hit the road 2 July 2005
By Michael K. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"The history of Britain is enshrined in its buildings," the Introduction says, and the author (who has done several BBC series) makes his point by examining in detail eight structures from different eras in the nation's history, beginning with the 12th century Durham Cathedral. The other buildings discussed and pictured include Windsor Castle, Holyroodhouse, Blenheim Palace, Cardiff Castle, the Grand Hotel at St. Pancras Station, and Tower Bridge, all of which have obvious iconic status, . . . so why wrap up the volume with Highpoint One, a modernist apartment building from the 1930s, which probably no one has ever heard of? (Or maybe that's his point.) I've rubbernecked in and around most of these buildings over the years (never been to Scotland, though), and I have my own favorites: St. Pancras is delightful in its Victorian-industrial, take-no-prisoners, brick-and-iron lushness, and Durham Cathedral's soaring Gothic spacees get right into my bones. On the other hand, Blenheim has to be one of the ugliest palaces ever conceived -- an object lesson in what happens when you're spending Other People's Money. An absorbing, well-written book.
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