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Canal 250: The Story of Britain's Canals by [Burton, Anthony]
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About the Author

Anthony Burton is a full-time writer with over 70 books to his name; his first canal book was The "Canal Builders" (1972), now in its 4th edition. Others include "The Great Days of the Canal," the series Anatomy of Canals and a biography of Thomas Telford. He has worked extensively in television as a writer and presenter and recently as an expert, appearing in a number of programmes including Big, Bigger, Biggest for Channel 5, Thomas Telford for BBC Scotland and a shortly to be shown episode of Coast. He has been Historic Adviser for a number of series for Discovery.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 11345 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (2 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AZ17WRI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #289,294 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
The canals of Britain are one of the few places left where you can really get away from the hustle and bustle of life yet still be immersed in a great community of people. Today they are enjoyed by boaters, walkers, fishermen and even those who prefer an oar to a diesel engine. Of course the reason they were built in the first place is a far cry from these modern passtimes. This excellently researched book covers the history of the canals from the very beginning.

What I liked greatly about this book is that the author doesn't concentrate soley on the great engineers of the time (though this is of great interest), but talks about the un-named people as well. The ones that actually put in the physical work of building the canals.

With regard to the engineers (like Brindley and Telford) you get an insight into the people behind the famous names. You get an understanding of the reasons why the individual waterways were built and of course you learn how it all started with the Duke of Bridgewater.

The canals (along with later the railways) were the foundation stones that the industrial revolution was built on. If it were not for the named and un-named people referenced in this book, I, along with others, would not be able to enjoy the delights of cruising through some of the most beautiful countryside in these fair isles.

This is an interesting and thought provoking read and a must for anyone that spends many an hour down on the "cut".
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For anyone that uses the canals this has to be a must read. It is very well written, interesting and informative.
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I bought this book for my husband and he is getting really into it. I must read it as soon as he is finished!
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The book arrived very quickly, Its actually an advanced birthday gift so cant give an accurate review, but from the brief browse its just what the doctor ordered!!!! Great book.
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