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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic is right, 17 Aug. 2010
This review is from: The Shell Country Alphabet: The Classic Guide to the British Countryside (Hardcover)
As a child I loved all the Shell Guides; Grigson was marvellous explorer of the byways of rural life, and the artwork (specially commissioned by Shell) was excellent. This was first published in 1966 I believe, and much of the material reflects the two post-War decades. The Shell oil company was quite an important patron of both the visual arts and the printed word for much of the last century. This is an ideal bedside book for dipping into for a calming few paragraphs before you turn the light off.

I would like to see a re-issue of the "Shell Country Book" from 1962 - the original and still the best, in my opinion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but goodie., 12 Dec. 2012
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I came across this in the local library, and when I got it home I soon found after just a few pages that I had to have a copy of my own for reference. O.K. it was written nearly half a century ago to encourage motoring round the country on Shell fuel,but politically correct or not now, the info in it still remains as absorbing as it was then. If you're into British history,geography,geology agronomy, linguistics and who knows how many other "ologies" or just touring here in the U.K. or to a lesser extent Europe, then this work should be an essential adjunct to your studies/trip etc.You may not agree with all that's said in it, but that's all part of the fun of amateur pursuits like this.Just sit back and read it, then go out and enjoy what's out there! It's especially recommended for foreign tourists to provide a general framework to their visit in addition to more specific local guides.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shell Country Alphabet, 3 Dec. 2011
This review is from: The Shell Country Alphabet: The Classic Guide to the British Countryside (Hardcover)
Excellent!a delightful'dippable'book.Well worth the puchase,I will be refering to it time and time again.One or two ommisions but certainly not of any significance.A wonderful read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charming - a real period piece, 31 July 2009
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A fascinating, wonderful, albeit rather old-fashioned guide to the British countryside. I'm guessing the 'Shell' in the title is the oil giant; perhaps this was commissioned by them to promote motoring, back in the days before global warming. I'd like to know; the text is somewhat coy on the subject. You can tell from the text which areas the author knew most about - my guess is church architecture and geology. His voice comes through very clearly, which is funny at times; it's not a dry reference work at all. There are some omissions, which is a shame; the first thing I looked up was 'cist' (ancient tombs found on Dartmoor) and it wasn't there. Lovely cover and binding, though.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a treasure trove, 3 Sept. 2009
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If you want a better understanding of what is around you put Grigsons book in your car; it will illuminate every journey.
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