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Great British Railway Journeys Hardcover – 6 Jan 2011
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• ‘A glorious insight into Britain over the last 150 years – its history, landscape and people – from the window of Britain's many and magnificent railway journeys […] It fills in the gaps, gives you more insight, takes you further, as it were. Charlie Bunce's words are the perfect compliment to Portillo's commentaries, and the entire book is a delight to read. The original photography is stunning, while the historical photographs are simply fascinating. All in all, this is a book no serious history student of this period can afford to be without. It's for armchair travellers, yes indeed, but it's much more valuable than that.’ – Books Monthly's Nonfiction Choice for February
• A ‘delightful pictorial travelogue’ – Annabel Ford, Cox & Kings
• ‘A colourful insight into Britain over the last 150 years’ – National Geographic Traveller
About the Author
Charlie Bunce has spent his working life in broadcasting producing many award-winning programmes. He is now Editor of Factual Programmes at talkbackTHAMES, where he produced Grand Designs and Great British Railway Journeys.
Michael Portillo was an MP for nearly 20 years and held three ministerial positions in the cabinet. He now has a regular weekly television show about politics, and has made documentaries on a range of subjects, including Great British Railway Journeys.
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The style is light but informative and often leaves you wanting to learn more which, is a good thing as this will hopefully encourage many readers to do just that and seek out other great books in the process. What is particularly nice is that the book is a proper stand alone book that is based upon the series rather than simply being a transcript of the original programme.
My only gripe, I was disappointed that such a well presented book, sporting the BBC brand, should have quite so many grammatical errors. Come on you proof readers! Happily, there are not so many as to spoil what is otherwise a great book.
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