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London's Lost Rivers Paperback – 5 May 2011
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"An amazing book" (BBC Radio London)
"Packed with fascinating facts and eye-catching photography" (Ham & High)
"Talling's highly visual, fact-packed, waffle-free account is the freshest take we've yet seen. A must-buy for anyone who enjoys the "hidden" side of London" (Londonist)
"A fascinating and stylish guide to exploring the capital's forgotten brooks, waterways, canals and ditches ... it's a terrific book" (Walk)
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The main problem with the book is that it is printed in pale blue ink on black shiny paper. The shiny black paper makes the photos, and there are lots of photos, look lovely, but the text is quite hard to read. It's OK in daylight, so if you have the book in your bag on a walk, it is useful, but difficult under artificial light. So no reading this book on long winter evenings when you plan your summer walks.
The print is also quite small and someone has decided to start each new paragraph at the place where the the last word of the previous paragraph ended. Each paragraph is also indented, and all this makes the text uninviting.
The design of this book rather spoiled my enjoyment of it. Having to move a book around so the text is readable does not enhance the reading experience.
I'm really sad to be so critical but it seems that the book has been let down by design and economics. I suspect that a larger more useful book would have tipped the price over £10 which, I suspect, was a boundary the publishers weren't willing to cross. Which is a shame because I would have bought it because Paul Talling is always so informative and well researched.
It's quite small in size but huge in content, maps and glossy pics. A bit like the Tardis!
I personally had no problem at all with the text print as was mentioned in another review here - I found it hugely informative, enjoyable and perfectly easy to read.
Looking forward to the next one already!
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very interesting and comprehensive. Have to look out for his published booksPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Well set out and informative
Maps a good feature. Eaay style.
Really informative, well worth a read if you have an interest in this subject.Published 7 months ago by Alan Jones
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