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3.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking photography but sparse in supporting text, 4 Oct. 2005
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This review is from: Coast: A Celebration of Britain's Coastal Heritage (Paperback)
There is always a feeling with a film and a book - given a choice, which should one do first, read the book or see the film. Will one spoil the other?
The same could be said about a TV series and an accompanying book. Having being glued to each programme in the BBC TV series I was really looking forward to seeing and reading the book.
Expecting something of a larger tome, it was somewhat disappointing to find only 192 pages in
mid-size paperback format.

The book is divided into two, the first part being dedicated to the 12 coastal regions explored in the TV series. The second part is a handy and clearly laid out reference section indexing places, people, natural history, historic events and facts to help one plan a trip to an individual region.

It is undoubtedly a superbly illustrated book, but is sadly lacking in the text to support the breathtaking photography...almost as if the job of getting the book to press has been rushed.

I have an interest in the North of Scotland, and was really disappointed with this section in particular. The TV programme showed the 'Whaligoe Steps', south of Wick, but there is no mention of this fantastic Caithness landmark in the book.

It would be fair to say that the BBC series had a certain mystery attached to it in that each programme might well touch on a childhood memory or a place re-visited and I guess this is impossible to carry into the book, in reality.
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