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  • Hardcover: 159 pages
  • Publisher: teNeues Verlag GmbH + Co KG; illustrated edition edition (1 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3832792813
  • ISBN-13: 978-3832792817
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 2.2 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 376,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Cunliffe TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 July 2009
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It was a delight to receive Welcome to Britain through the post. For the last few years, the Caravan Gallery have been taking their 40 year old caravan around the country displaying a photo-gallery related to the places they visit. The photographs are quirky and distinctly odd, but capture the spirit of the place rather than the tourist department's thatched cottages and well-tended floral displays.

This book is packed full of photographs with a vast range of subjects, from garden gnomes to multi-story car-park monstrosities, from one-eyed dogs in tartan coats to people having elaborate picnics outside lock-up garages. This is eccentric Britain at its best, where good-taste means a better class of net curtain and a gourmet meal means a hundred varieties of fried chicken.

I can't think of anyone who would not enjoy this book (except perhaps ultra-traditionalist fans of "This England"). This is multi-cultural Britain at its most colourful, and few people would suggest that this collection of images is not truly representative of the nation we live in.

Unlike many books of photographs, this one will be dipped into again and again and will be a constant source of amusement to all - and an inspiration to the vast hordes of digital camera owners who feel that they have "nothing to photograph".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Caton TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 Sept. 2009
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This book is a wonderful thing to look at if you have a spare moment or two; but beware, like a packet of chocolate digestives you can't stop at just one, you keep turning the page until(alas!) you reach the end.
We have a potpourri of images taken from a wide variety of places; sometimes they look familiar and sometimes they actually are familiar - at least one of the shops is a place I know quite well, for instance.
The images are identified in the back pages and I found myself frequently flapping back and forth confirming my suspicions as to locations.
All in all a wonderful bit of froth, very "more"ish. The wit in the captions, compositions, and in the randomly dispersed answers to questions asked to visitors to the "Caravan Gallery" Best features, Worst features etc.... will merit reading and rereading.
I have left my review copy in That Room of the house where I do most of my light reading, and I'm sure it will be appreciated by all visitors there.
I LOVE it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PriyaSoum VINE VOICE on 23 July 2009
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Whoever said "appearances can be deceptive" is perhaps the same genius who spouted "dont judge a book by its cover"!

I say this because "Welcome to Britain" outright disproves both these lofty statements. The moment I chanced a glance at the product snapshot, I was hooked. After all, how many ocassions in life can one truly get to see floral arrangements adorn twin adjacent open loos?! Did I hear the word recycling??!! As soon as I received the book, I wasted no time in securing proof of its apparently interpreted lofty promises. And boy did I get proof aplenty! Minimal text + maximum visuals = chuckles galore! This book really is living testimony to 2 facts i.e. a good book cannot be put down in a hurry and pictures are worth a thousand words. The ride begins from the very 1st page and you never realise how soon the page flipping stops and the moaning begins ... and thats in a very good sense. Make no mistake, there's lots to go through but in the end you cant help crave for more!

I dont know whether the book is truly an adequate reflection of what Britain is supposedly all about. However, if my funny bone is tickled along the way, I would never mind some education through humour!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stucumber VINE VOICE on 23 July 2009
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I was aware of the Caravan Gallery from their range of postcards, depicting a side of Britain not seen in the tourist brochures. It's a Britain that we're all familiar with; mundane, strange, funny, bewildering, smutty, and eccentric. A Britain of picnics on the hard shoulder, mock-Tudor semi's, people following dogs with little plastic bags and line dancing.

The authors have toured our island photographing the things that reflect real life here in Britain, to display in the their caravan-cum-gallery. Often the results trigger a smile of recognition or at others a bark of laughter. As often, a scene sends you to a slight despond, as only grey concrete and dog-muck can. There is genuine affection here though and a sense of hope, even if it's just that Britain will continue on its own bloody minded way.

A million miles away is the Sceptered Isle, of Kings and Queens, of history and heritage. Instead here is Britain as most of us live it. If you didn't laugh you'd only be crying, crying into your polystyrene tray of chips.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lily VINE VOICE on 22 July 2009
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I didn't know what to expect with this small-sized book. (It's just a bit bigger than pocket size).
The first thing I did was laugh out loud. It's full of all those quirky things you notice whenever you travel around Britain (albeit, the seedier parts).

Jan Williams and Chris Teasdale of The Caravan Gallery decided that not only would it be a good idea to record them for posterity but also to travel around Britain in a small, yellow caravan and exhibit them. The title says it is "A celebration of real life". There are various subjects: pictures of people's gardens as they really are (including dead conifer), the seaside, car parks, the great British public at rest. My especial favourites are the photos of disused petrol stations and litter bins. You name it, they have photographed it. My husband said it should be standard reading for anyone wanting to settle in this country.
All in all, a funny book, a quick read for the journey to work.
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