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Nice book if you can read it
on 10 July 2011
This is an informative little book, a good companion to The Lost Rivers of London. The maps showing where the lost rivers ran are interesting, although as they tend not to identify bridges on the Thames near where the lost rivers join the Thames, they can be a little confusing.
The main problem with the book is that it is printed in pale blue ink on black shiny paper. The shiny black paper makes the photos, and there are lots of photos, look lovely, but the text is quite hard to read. It's OK in daylight, so if you have the book in your bag on a walk, it is useful, but difficult under artificial light. So no reading this book on long winter evenings when you plan your summer walks.
The print is also quite small and someone has decided to start each new paragraph at the place where the the last word of the previous paragraph ended. Each paragraph is also indented, and all this makes the text uninviting.
The design of this book rather spoiled my enjoyment of it. Having to move a book around so the text is readable does not enhance the reading experience.