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Sheds on the Seashore: A Tour Through Beach Hut History Paperback – 25 Jul 2009

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  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Indepenpress Publishing Ltd; 1st ed edition (25 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190671097X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906710972
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 252,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sheds on the Seashore Beach huts have become seaside icons. They may be small structures with basic facilities but we still love them. They feel quintessentially British, combining a shelter from our changeable weather with a place to brew a mug of tea. This title tells the story of how beach huts came into being and why they remain so beloved by their owners. Full description


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A delightful book. The author combines a serious history of sea bathing, bathing machines and beach huts with a travelogue describing her coastal tour visiting several thousand beach huts. The great variety of huts is matched by the fascinating people she met who own or rent the huts. Sea bathing has changed from its original purely medicinal purpose (see the draconian 'dippers') to the present day pleasure for young and old. But beach huts have become quite a cult with prices to match. Compelling reading and brilliantly written.
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Sheds on a Seashore documents the history of the iconic beach hut. Alongside informative, historical detail regarding the origins of the modern day beach hut, the author takes her reader on an expressive and enlightening journey around the British coast visiting as many different beach huts (and their owners) as possible. This book is a brilliant mix of education and entertainment written with flair and wit in abundance - an absolute must for any seaside enthusiast!
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Recently, a relative of mine recommended that, if I had the opportunity, then I should get hold of a copy of "Sheds On The Seashore".

I duly ordered a copy from Amazon following that recommendation, and I have since spent many very entertaining hours, "dipping in and out", so to speak, of it. It is a delightful book and I am absolutely delighted to have it in my collection.

Although far from an expert in Beach Huts, I have always had a massive soft spot for these so enigmatic items of our seaside heritage. This is because of my annual 2-week summer holidays, as a child, to Preston Sands in Torbay. In the 50's and 60's, my parents made the relatively short journey from Taunton to spend a fortnight there, and I recall all the very happy visits I had with them both as a child and young adult at that time. They always hired a beach hut for the same two "middle weeks" in August, as did a number of other families, and we met up year after year, forging long-lasting friendships.

Once again, may I say how much I have enjoyed the book. Thanks to Kathryn for spending so much time resourcing and writing it - it's a joy.

Ray Poole
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This is a beautifully written, eminently readable account of the author's travels around the coast visiting as many beach huts as possible. The travelogue chapters are interspersed with those tracing the history of the bathing machine - which morphed into the beach hut - and the story of the development of the seaside holiday in general. If you are interested in any of these things I thoroughly recommend this book to you. A great holiday read!
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