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Unusual Railway Pubs, Refreshment Rooms and Ale Trains
Unusual Railway Pubs, Refreshment Rooms and Ale Trains
by Bob Barton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 16.99

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring - and Unusual - read, 17 Jun 2013
I was struck by the title and wanted to know more. Indeed, this book is a rarity: it should appeal to not just one, but two, famously bookish tribes - those who are into trains, and those who are into beer! Often as not, of course, there's a well-established cross-over between the two. The writer not only charts the history of pubs, bars and refreshment rooms that have criss-crossed the UK's rail network for 150 years, he then goes on to provide a comprehensive guide to the best of them still in existence today, from the (extremely) rural, such as Crianlarich in Scotland, to the extravagantly lush (Hamilton Hall at Liverpool Street). Here is a subject that has not, as far as I know, been documented before; this is the one future beer and rail archivists will be using as the template!


Flanders: Northern Belgium: from Brussels and Bruges to breweries, battlefields and bike rides (Bradt Travel Guides (Regional Guides))
Flanders: Northern Belgium: from Brussels and Bruges to breweries, battlefields and bike rides (Bradt Travel Guides (Regional Guides))
by Emma Thomson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous flanders, 7 Aug 2012
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I've just been to Flanders and took this new book by Emma Thomson with me. To say it proved indispensable would be an understatement. It gives full details of the main cities, towns and villages of the area; the larger places have clear, detailed maps to help you navigate the (often) intriguing streets with their distinctive architecture. All bookshops carry titles on 'Belgium', but this is the first I've seen that's solely dedicated to Flanders, and I think it's a clever move by Bradt to home in before anyone else. Let's face it: any region that includes Gent, Brugge, Mechelen, Leuven and Antwerp deserves special attention. The book also inspired me to try out Kortrijk and Oudenaarde, and the hunches proved spot-on. My only small gripe would be: as it's a Bradt title, it tends to be word-heavy, with just two brief colour sections, and this might put off punters flicking through in a bookshop. But as long as you're after detailed info on (still) one of Europe's most under-rated regions, then this is a real asset that might just kick-start a real interest in somewhere that, on top of its other charms, brews the best beer in the world.


At the House of the Magician
At the House of the Magician
by Mary Hooper
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.24

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical book, 26 Sep 2007
I really like Mary Hooper's historical novels. I started off by reading her Megan books, and they were great, but I think the historicals are even better. The best part is they are about real people. I can't wait to read the next one in the series.


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