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3.0 out of 5 stars interesting book, marred by editing, 14 Dec. 2010
This review is from: Remote Britain: Landscape, People and Books (Hardcover)
The author has made an extremely comprehensive voyage through Britain's suprisingly wide collection of remote and overlooked places, giving a perspective that is refreshing, often insightful and affectionate. It's a good book to dip into and to compare his experiences of remote places with your own. But unfortunately it's marred by silly mistakes in the text, not of fact, but stuff that should have been picked up by a proofer - for example, two separate approaches to a sentence which have been melded into gobbledegook on the last paragraph of page 194, another that (I presume) substitutes prosperity for posterity on the top of page 442. Sorry to be a nitpicker, but it makes a difference to a book otherwise unusual for its depth and genial tone.
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Initial post: 2 Jan 2011 18:38:46 GMT
Joyeuse says:
Don't be sorry and it's not nit-picking to expect the text to read with sense. The garbling of sentences and misuse of words is increasingly a problem even with books of some quality. No doubt it's down to poor (or non-existent?) proof reading and over reliance on spell-checking and we should all howl loudly in protest.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jan 2011 18:15:56 GMT
Arkle says:
I agree entirely. It is entirely appropriate to point out these errors and hope that the publisher gets to hear about them.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Nov 2013 12:15:59 GMT
Prue Freda says:
I agree, too. All the more surprising because the author founded a book publishing company (David & Charles)!
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