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  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum (20 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082647621X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826476210
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 3.7 x 21.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 986,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a timely herald and fascinating book that is uniquely British in its concern'. --The Catholic Herald

About the Author

Philip Eden is the weather correspondent of the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph. He also presents his own programme on BBC Radio Five Live.


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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a good book for anyone interested not just in disasters, but in the Weather & Climate of the British Isles.

It is easy to read, irrespective of your level of knowledge on the subject, and is very well researched.

It is written in an individual, sometimes amusing, but always informative style

Highly recommended
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Format: Paperback
Great British Weather Disasters reminds the reader how quickly we forget weather, either good or bad. I was a little disappointed that it only concentrated on the 20th century but it does occasionally refer back to earlier severe weather before this time. I would have liked a bibliography and list of web-sites so that I could do further research.
It is both an interesting read and useful reference book.
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This is another very enjoyable book from Philip Eden looking at weather disasters/events in the UK. The book is in two parts: Part 1 sets the scene and deals with the nature, and coping with, the hazard. There are ten chapters on notable snowstorms, fog and smogs, summer floods, destructive gales and droughts, plus a chapter on the worst, and possible future disasters; there are also some case studies comparing 19th century events with some recent ones - the 1887 drought compared with the 2005-06 drought, for example. Part 2 is a chronology of weather events in each year from 1901-2008.

The author takes a look - redressing the balance - at why so-called extreme weather events are often "spun" by government and industry for the benefit of their own political and commercial interests, when in fact similar events have often occured in the past. It also is written at a time when there is a lot of concern around about climate change making extreme weather in the UK possibly more likely. Are we more at risk than in the past or are we just less able to cope nowadays?

The book is very informative and highly recommended for anyone with a general interest in weather; there are interesting photos, synoptic charts, tables and statistics on the topics covered.
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philip edan has helped me to understand alot more about weather and has got me interested in taking the study of weather patterns further! he has mainly helped me with my geography exams!
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Bought as a present so haven't read it but looked good.
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