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It's all very interesting, and the book does provide quite an engaging narrative. But the words seem sparse, lost amidst the illustrations. As an introduction to the history, prehistory, and geology of the British Isles, it is, in places, too short and too simplistic. The book lacks the graphic quality of the television presentation.
Now, quite clearly Alan Titchmarsh has put his name to this volume. He seems a nice, genuine bloke, and there's no doubt he knows about gardening. If I were to buy a book on gardening, I'd probably look at something by him. But if I read a book about the geology of the British Isles, I want it written by a geologist. If I read a book about the history of the British Isles, I want it written by an historian. Simply taking a 'celebrity' and sticking his name below the title seems cheap and exploitative of the general public.
Anyone truly interested in this subject would be much better advised looking at Hoskins' "The Making of the English Landscape" (a recognised classic), or any of the excellent titles by Richard Muir - say his "Landscape Detective: Discovering a Countryside".Read more ›
This work takes you on a phenominal journey of discovery, starting in the deep mists of far-gone prehistory, when our islands weren't even vaguely recognisable as the ones we know today. It then moves on, taking us on a grand tour which sees our islands developing over time, through prehistory, the Ice Age and through human history, right through to the present day. And it even briefly discusses how our islands may fare in the near-future.Read more ›
So Titchmarsh's book is in many ways an introduction to the subject of the natural history of the British Isles; a kind of arm around your shoulder asking you to look at the view, whilst with his other arm he points out at the landscape below to describe features of interest. There are helpful messages for those new to the study, for example telling the reader how to pronounce the word `gneiss', and also helpful messages to those of us who have studied the landscape since we were born, like what is the best grass to chew on whilst contemplating its beauty and meaning. In addition, there are many separate boxes throughout the book to explain concepts and features in more detail from rock types and plate tectonics to the freezing of the River Thames during the Little Ice Age.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For me this book achieved two things for the price of one. It taught me a lot about geology and history, whilst also inspiring sentimental feelings about the glorious British... Read morePublished 1 month ago by A Booth
It would be easy to think of the book accompanying the excellent BBC series as coffee table fodder - but this is really worth reading. Read morePublished 16 months ago by GB
Perhaps like many I struggled with the TV series as I have always had issues with Alan Titchmarsh - I generally find him rather patronising and on the whole his approach somewhat... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Possum Pie
Very useful book for filling in the gaps I missed on the TV series. Very easy to read and understand.Published on 4 Dec. 2013 by Jo
Being from Australia, I've only been to London a few times. This series really opened up my eyes to the history of the island and also some of the natural places which I really was... Read morePublished on 24 Sept. 2006 by Antony
Great book and series too. Don't get too hung up on Alan Titchmarsh. This can only ever be an introduction to the Natural History of our great country. Read morePublished on 2 May 2006 by Mr. M. Kitson