Villages of Britain: The Five Hundred Villages That Made the Countryside Hardcover – 4 Oct 2010
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`Buildings can be saved for all time, but villages need saving every year. They need their champions. Mr Aslet has given them a sound weapon.' --Country Life
`a delight to dip into...an exploration but also a celebration of our countryside'
--Eastern Daily Press
'This joyous collection explains why rural life matters to the British psyche' --Sunday Telegraph
'"Villages of Britain" is a deliciously browsable guidebook as well as a glittering store of anecdote and esoteric information.' -- The Wall St. Journal
'The feeling you are left with after reading Clive Aslet's monumental guide to rural Britain is of having been shown a great deal while remaining aware that this is hardly the whole story... a thoughtful, witty guide.' -- The Guardian
About the Author
Clive Aslet joined Country Life in 1977, and is now Editor at Large. He writes extensively for national newspapers, and often broadcasts on radio and television. His most recent books were the highly acclaimed Landmarks of Britain and The English House. An authority on British life, Clive is well known as a campaigner on countryside and other issues. Married with three children, he divides his time between London and Ramsgate.
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Don't try to take it with you on your travels: much better keep it by your bedside, to read a little every evening. As for villages you actually visit, you can use the book's individual entries to illuminate them equally well before or after you trip.
This book will be a long-term friend.
Did he pick the right 500 villages though. I felt that there were some missing, and some that probably should;t have been included, but that is only my opinion.
Worth reading none the less.