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Tales from the Towers: The Unofficial Story Behind Alton Towers, Britain's Most Popular Theme Park by [Sim, Nick]
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About the Author

Nick Sim is the owner and editor of ThemeParkTourist.com, the web's leading source of news, reviews and discounts for theme parks all over the world. Since Nick posted the first article in 2009, the site has grown to attract millions of readers every year. Having covered theme parks for the website on a daily basis for several years, Nick is in a unique position to share his insight on the industry through his books. He uses extensive research, interviews and site visits to build up a picture of this history of the parks that he writes about. Nick lives in Ipswich, England with his wife Natalie and son Steven.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4062 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Theme Park Tourist (19 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FSJWO4I
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #228,049 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A brilliant read. Full of detailed information throughout and facts about Britains most magical resort. A must buy for all Alton Towers fans. There has been a need for a detailed book covering the Towers theme park era and Nick Sim has delivered a perfect product. This book has put a huge SMILEr on my face. A very happy Alton Towers fan. Pull down your restraints ... it's one fantastic ride!!!!! Cheers Nick Sim :D
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It was in the early months of 2012 that I had learned of the intentions of the author of this book, Nick Sim, to produce an original book that would chart the history of the development of Alton Towers as an early pleasure ground and then go on to discuss the circumstances that led to its current state as a fully fledged modern theme park. Given the fact that the time frame for essential research and the actual writing of the publication was quite limited (due to personal reasons - which are revealed within the book), I was dubious to some extent, and doubted that anyone would be able to produce a competent piece of work on this subject in a relatively short time.
I needn't have worried about the ability of the author and his content. 326 pages later it has become clear that the research and referencing within the book is excellent, with the use of newspaper archives being particularly impressive. The book will appeal to any readers who have an interest in any particular period of the history of Alton Towers as the author has taken care to make sure that many years of development have been covered very well from c1800 (and earlier - briefly) to the present day. Each period in the development of Alton Towers has been pieced together with excellence by Sim. This is a book written with a very high level of competence.
The author has evidently taken time to consult many different primary and secondary sources when discussing the early years of Alton Towers during the 19th Century and also when moving on to the developments of the 20th century and beyond. Sim provides an excellent description of the pre theme-park years and therefore the reader is in a position to understand and enjoy the subsequent developments adequately.
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There's plenty of theme park literature out in the market, but never before has there been such a comprehensive and entertaining guide than this. Sim takes readers on a journey through time; telling the tale in great detail of how Alton Towers came to be Britain's best loved theme park. From the beginnings as a country estate right through to what the future of Alton Towers may have to offer, the book is a gripping read from start to finish. The inclusion of newspaper articles, image and quotes ensure that the book has great universal appeal. Sim's relaxed and entertaining writing style ensures this book is not just reserved for the elite theme park fans.

Sim's opening address and reasons behind writing this book are also incredibly touching. Alongside Alton Towers, readers also gain a glimpse at the British theme park industry in general and learn a few secrets along the way. As far as theme park literature goes, this is by far the most pleasurable book I have ever read.
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I intended this book to be a read for the dark winter, non theme park, days but I opened it up on arrival and several hours later was still reading! Great job Nick, this is a very well written and enjoyable book.

I have read another book about the history of Alton Towers but I found this one was so much easier to read and, like Alton Towers, was a fun experience but the information it contained was still very comprehensive.

Having visited Alton Towers many times it is very interesting to understand its history and how it has become the fantastic theme park it is today. With lots of information presented in an engrossing and informative manner Nick has done a fantastic job even though he had to compact writing this book into a short time scale.

I hope you get to continue enjoying Alton Towers many more times Nick with Natalie and Steven and thanks for all the effort you have put into writing this book.
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When Nick Sim's health took a turn for the worst, all of the future plans he'd put aside had to be prioritized. Alongside running a marathon and visiting Disneyland Tokyo, one of these plans was to write a book about the history of Alton Towers.

While in reality, this is a work of non-fiction, recounting true events and factual details, it captivates and engages reader like a fantasy story: dragging the reader into a story of twists and turns: from Slain Hollow to Toyland Tours, The Alton Towers Fete in 1894 to the Secret Weapons.

The book adds a new depth to the Alton Towers experience, and is a must-read for any park fan.
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If you have even a passing interest in theme parks, roller coasters or even British Culture (or modern British history) you should definitely read this book! It's crammed with cool little details about Alton Towers and gives a really interesting insight into the process by which it and it's rides developed, with some neat detours to look at the roads not taken by the park's various owners over the years - from the mundane (turning Woburn Safari Park into a full-blown theme park) through to the bonkers (A theme park in and around Battersea power station!). Highly recommended!
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