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Looking Up in Edinburgh Paperback – 18 Jun 2004
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"...cute wee book highlighting some of the many architectural and design delights?crammed full of ornamental incident the book also highlights lost gems." ( Glasgow Herald, June 2004)
"...make sure you get Looking Up I Edinburgh.... it will make sure you see the best of the city′s landmarks." (Daily Express Saturday Magazine, July 2004)
"...little gem which will encourage you to look at the city in a different way." (The Scotsman, August 2004)
"Looking Up in Edinburgh" is a photographic guide to what is usually an ignored aspect of the urban landscape: the surprising, witty and often hidden architectural features above eye-level. It is an interactive book, which combines a treasure hunt with a travel guide. The introduction gives a light-hearted potted history of Edinburgh. Following this, the book presents a host of architectural gems each covered by an original full-colour photograph, brief quirky anecdotes about its story, cryptic clues to its location, and historical information about the building in the photograph or the immediate area. All buildings are presented on easy to follow maps, making this book ideal as a walking guide or treasure hunt. This is the first book to introduce readers to a fascinating dimension of Edinburgh's townscape that they might otherwise never have seen.It offers a compendium of stunning photographs and fascinating facts relating to one of the world's most beautiful cities (which welcomes over 4 million visitors each year!). It combines a tour guide with a treasure hunt. It will appeal to Edinburgh's residents and visitors alike. It follows hot on the heels of "Looking up in London".Praise for "Looking up in London": 'Full of fascinating facts and intriguing images, it's sure to appeal to all explorers of the city, leaving the rest scurrying along the streets looking straight ahead' - "What's on in London".'Any resident or visitor to the Big Smoke could benefit from this intriguing pocket-sized book...go on, hold your head up high!' - "OK! Magazine". '...a small jewel of a book that will guide you to the best high-up hotspots...' - "TimeOut". 'This interesting book will no doubt start a new hobby for many readers...I found the book very entertaining and can recommend it to anyone interested in architecture or the history of London' - "Building Design". 'A compendium of stunning photographs and fascinating facts, it will appeal to all explorers of the city who appreciate their surroundings - visitors and residents alike' - "This is London". See all Product description
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Just as with her must-read "Looking Up London" book, this volume gives readers an overview of the city, as well as dozens of closeups on some of its hidden gems. Clearly, the years Peyton has spent abroad have sharply honed her editorial eye to focus on those items which will be illuminating for either a first-timer or a native. She knows many of us want to know more than simply who the founding fathers were (the monuments and museums readily tell us that) - we want to get a taste of the unexpected nooks and crannies where this can also be found. This book's supreme photography shows the author's respect for taking the time to "open your eyes" and fully embrace the endless diversity we so often fail to notice.
With all due respect to others who have reviewed this book, I disagree entirely with the notion only a Edinburgh native can provide sufficient insight. As an avid explorer of my own home city (Washington, DC), I can well attest my most enlightening urban epiphanies have been spurred forward not by those (such as I) weighted down with tomes of knowledge on historical intricacies, but from folks who help me to see my city from a new angle. Peyton's goal isn't to unspool myriad tales which make Edinburgh so enchanting - that would take volumes and there's countless tour guides who can (and should) do that. Instead, she provides curiosity-seekers with a foundation on which they can build a truly unique understanding of their surroundings.
In closing, one request for publisher: get Peyton to more cities. And, advice to all those who enjoy a thoughtful challenge: explore the city with this book and it will be the icing on your Edinburgh cake.
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