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Coast: A Celebration of Britain's Coastal Heritage Paperback – 8 Jul 2005
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A photo-filled guide to the 9,000-mile coastline of Britain and Northern Ireland, complete with a mapped region-by-region reference section for travelers.
From the Author
I'm absolutely delighted that 'COAST' has done so well and
pleased so many readers. It has certainly contributed hugely to the success
of 'COAST - The Journey Continues', the follow-up. However, I'd like to explain a couple of
things about the writing of 'COAST' in response to some of the review
comments. My brief in writing this book was to have it ready for
publication at the same time as the BBC2 TV series was broadcast. Ideally I
would have liked sight of the complete TV scripts a year in advance. But
that's not the way these series/book tie-ins work.
The COAST series was an innovative experiment, whose success was quite
unexpected. Producers had to change their minds and ideas right up to the
last moment of shooting, adapting to changes in weather, circumstances,
developing stories, etc. So I had no fixed TV schedule to write to, and had
to second-guess and fill in gaps as best I could. In the end I had about 2
months to write the entire book. Luckily I have been writing about the UK
coast for 30 years, so I had the knowledge! But that explains the
discrepancies between the content of BBC's programmes and my book.
Writing the book of the current series, 'COAST - The Journey Continues',
the producers kept me far more in the picture, so although the actual
writing time was still very condensed (about 7 weeks), book and series
reflect each other far more closely.
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There is hardly any text, with a handful of pages devoted to massive stretches of coastline. The pictures aren't that great either and many don't convey a sense of wanting to visit the places being described.
The last third of the book is a a useful guide to what can be seen along the various stretches of coastline, what to do and where you can stay. This is very useful.
For me, the book would have worked so much better with fewer but better pictures and the Gazetteer section embedded within the book itself.
Such a shame.
I was surprised by how little text there is in this book. The pictures, on the other hand, are plentiful and good quality. The writing is really there to provide information about the pictures, and the photos are really what I want when I buy this sort of book.
Although the TV series did perhaps do more to capture the imagination, it has the advantages of moving pictures and of sound. The book is worth having as an addition to your coffee table reading. Certainly anyone who hails from a coastal region will want to read "their bit"!
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.
Well, it is beautifully illustrated, although you do feel that it would have benefited from being physically bigger, from having a chance to display its images on a grander scale. But it does seem to offer loads of photographs with only limited text to support them. Having seen the television programmes, maybe you want something more substantial, something to flesh out the geology, geography, and history of each of the myriad landscapes and seascapes the camera visits.
Perhaps that's the problem. Given the shape of the British Isles, there are few of us who have not had some intimate contact with the sea - if not brought up on the coastline, few live more than 30 miles from it, and virtually everyone will have a beach or stretch of shore they knew as a child or visited regularly at some point.
Most of us have some sort of intimacy with the sea and the coastline - watching the television, I could rejoice in revisiting places I have lived (London, Liverpool and Cardiff), but I most wanted to see the Solway Firth of my childhood and youth. There's an element of excitement in following the TV programmes, looking forward to the night when the cameras with get to your special stretch of coast. That element of anticipation isn't present in the book. You can just turn to the right page.
And the page doesn't seem very substantial. It's well written and informative. It is an excellent stimulus, an excuse to get out there, to go fossil hunting, to start studying geology, to take an interest in local history, to watch the wildlife, to worry about pollution, to decide you want to paint or photograph. That's the problem! The coast is such a potent stimulus, has so many facets, has so much magnetism, once your enthusiasm has been fired, a whole shelf full of encyclopaedias won't satisfy your curiosity or thirst for knowledge.
The television programme is a first class stimulus to action. The book is interesting, informative, and a useful little reference volume to have to hand - nice pictures, convenient text, some useful addresses and contacts at the back. But, of preference, you'd buy the DVD first ... and hopefully get yourself back down to the shoreline with a fresh perspective and renewed interest.
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