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Shame it could have been good,
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This review is from: Death and Destruction on the Thames in London (Death and Destruction Series Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
This book has some interesting stories in it, a few that are not told in all the other similar books, but it is spoiled by 2 things for me. Firstly there are several innacuracies in it, silly things like putting Silvertown on the south side of the river, like calling the West India docks part of the Royals & stories that have obviously been over romanced, such as the bikers and Chelsea bridge. This means that when you come across a detail that you have not read before you can have no faith in its accuracy. Now most of what I have read seems to be accurate but unfortunately these little details that are wrong take the shine off the book. What is the point of reading a book if you have to double check anything that you read that you have not read elsewhere?
Secondly i would say is a personal thing, & I am willing to admit that my irritation at the errors may have clouded my judgement, but the style it is written in is rather unprofessional. Some of the illustrations look like they have been snapped on a smartphone in an exhibition, for example the front page of the newspaper with St Paul's in the blitz. I would have liked a proper licenced reprint of the picture as an illustration so I could have looked closer and seen the cropping he refers to. There are other examples of illustrations that look like something in a school project or in grandma's family history project, in fact in my opinion the whole style reads rather like grandma's family history project, and if it were grandma's you would praise it & think the old girl had done well, but if you are going to publish a book & charge money for it then it seems reasonable to have some professional editing done & tidy up the production, writing, illustrating & maybe pick up the errors in the text.
Basically a good concept, and if you know nothing of the area & the history you might find it interesting but do not use it for any academic research without double checking on facts & if you are by nature a bit pedantic then this might not be the book for you