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Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles; First Edition edition (26 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715332813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715332818
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 1.5 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

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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An inspiring collection of images of some of the most startling and unusual cloud formations...entertaining and informative explanations --Western Morning news

...truly remarkable photographs... --The Good Book Guide

..this is a great coffee table book to have lying open. --Brighton Argus

…collection of stunning skies… --Walk

…the photographs are breathtakingly beautiful... --The International Journal of Meterology

This volume stands out from the pack. […] it is the linking commentary, pitched at the intelligent layman rather than the specialist market, that makes this book so special. […] intelligent and readable […] excellent value […] Highly recommended. --Peter Rodgers

..this is a great coffee table book to have lying open. --Brighton Argus

This volume stands out from the pack. […] it is the linking commentary, pitched at the intelligent layman rather than the specialist market, that makes this book so special. […] intelligent and readable […] excellent value […] Highly recommended. --Peter Rodgers

..this is a great coffee table book to have lying open. --Brighton Argus

This volume stands out from the pack. […] it is the linking commentary, pitched at the intelligent layman rather than the specialist market, that makes this book so special. […] intelligent and readable […] excellent value […] Highly recommended. --Peter Rodgers

..this is a great coffee table book to have lying open. --Brighton Argus

About the Author

Richard Hamblyn is the author of The Cloud Book (D&C 2008) and The Invention of Clouds (Picador 2002), for which he was awarded the 2002 LA Times Book Prize and was shortlisted for the 2002 Samuel Johnson Prize. He is currently Writer in Residence at the Environment Institute at UCL and lives in London.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. S. (Esme). on 18 Sept. 2010
Format: Paperback
I've got the other 2 books in this collection (shown inside the back cover of this one) and I thought Extraordinary Clouds would be the same size as both of them, but it's considerably smaller, which is something of a disappointment, which is a shame as otherwise this is a beautiful book with some amazing photos inside. But to be shown to full advantage, they really need to be bigger.

The other 2 books are the ideal size, maybe could have been very slightly smaller, but this Extraordinary Clouds book is much smaller.
I can't understand why, unless its to save on money, but for a book of 'extroadinary' clouds, the pictures do really need to be a lot bigger than shown, as much of the detail is lost, especially when the picture is spread over 2 pages with the book spine in the middle, you need to be able to spread the book to see the picture properly, and this is made less than it could be because of the smaller size.
Otherwise, worth getting, but perhaps for future reprints they could make the book bigger. Ideally the same size as the 2 books being advertised inside the back cover of this one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jilly Willy on 31 Oct. 2009
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I bought this book for my husband and he is delighted with it. It's a handy size, easy to follow , very informative and has brilliant photos. What more can I say?!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Puzzle crazy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 Dec. 2011
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I bought this book for my husband, who is interested in the weather, but i got completely absorbed in it myself. The book is full of stunning colour photos of weird and wonderful cloud and light effects that are absolutely fascinating to look at. This is a lovely book to browse and shows the beauty of nature in something as simple as cloud formations. Stunning book that would appeal to everyone, young and old alike.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wombat on 11 Jan. 2012
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The book has some fantastic photography in it. A great coffee table book and interesting reading too. Would highly recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on 10 Jan. 2012
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This was bought as a Christmas Present and has been read by both my son and husband who have found it very interesting. I must admit the few pages I was able to read were very interesting especially if you ever look up at the clouds when you are out on walks and wonder why they form as they do. Not everyones cup of tea but went down well in this household
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I bought this as a present for my mother, as she is fascinated by clouds. I think if I had received it earlier, I might have sent it back and ordered a different one. I found the photographs to be really grainy, and I'm surprised it was published this way. Also I did think it would be bigger, which would have been much better to show off the 'cloud-scapes' (had the photo quality been better). I'm hoping she will still like it, but would warn people not to expect brilliant picture quality.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. M. Bray on 27 July 2009
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Extraordinary Clouds: Skies of the Unexpected from Bizarre to Beautiful

Fascinating variety of phenominum. Excellent photography from surprising directions.
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The book is worth buying for the amazing photography. The book format is rather small, which is a shame as these photos would look stunning on a bigger (let's say A4) format, rather than the size of a small or a medium postcard. Still, it's a highly informative book with great, unusual photography, and definitely well worth the price I paid for it! (£5.51)
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