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Tales from the Towers: The Unofficial Story Behind Alton Towers, Britain's Most Popular Theme Park Kindle Edition
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very interesting book to read from start to finish. Definitely worth the read for any Alton Towers fan or theme park enthusiast, as it gives an immensely detailed history about... Read morePublished 11 months ago by James Roberts
Could read this book over and over and over again !!! Great book for any alton towers fan !!Published 11 months ago by R E Jenkins
Very comprehensive look at Alton Towers. Well written with lots of interesting and entertaining information about the park and it's rides.Published 17 months ago by Ian Stagg
Was going to go there this weekend but it seems to cost an arm and a leg.Published 18 months ago by bealzeepub
A really interesting account of the development of the site as a theme park. The book starts with a brief history of the site and the house's decline (covered in greater detail in... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mr. T. A. Mitchell
This is a very informative book about early day and modern day alton towersPublished 22 months ago by MR R J ROBERTS
This book explores the history of not only the theme park but the estate long before any rides were installed. Read morePublished on 9 Sept. 2014 by Danny Coad
This is a great book for anyone who is interested in the full story of the development of Alton Towers. Read morePublished on 21 Feb. 2014 by Mike Dutton
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