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5.0 out of 5 stars Dan Cruikshank, 10 Jan 2005
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"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
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, good mix of facts and pictures, 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
4.0 out of 5 stars British Architecture at its best, 6 Jan 2003
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Philip Roberts (Brighton - UK) - See all my reviews
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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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