- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Black Swan (1 April 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552776351
- ISBN-13: 978-0552776356
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Icons of England Paperback – 1 Apr 2010
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"An icon in itself, with essays from many great writers on their favourite English sights" (The Times)
"bsolute must for Anglophiles of all ages... A delightfully wistful book, written with enormous affection" (She)
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'Icons of England is a wonderful art book that is an icon in itself.' --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
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So I bought this on the day it appeared, having seen his name on the cover. I recognised the style of illustration, the typeface, and therefore gladly took the plunge BUT as has been pointed out he did not write this. His contribution is the intro, and then apparently some 'editing'. So what you get is a list of people who claim the title 'celebrity' who tell us about their favourite bits of the country, their memories of childhood, or whatever pops into their acclaimed celebrity minds. Do I care what Trisha and the rest think about anything? No I don't. This book was dropped off at the charity shop very quickly and hopefully the British Heart Foundation will benefit from it far more than I did.
Initially I read the waffle contributed by some of the celebs (specifically, those people who don't annoy me) and then I tried some of the jottings by people who I've never heard of, and then on principle alone (having paid good money for this) I picked my way through those efforts written by people who ordinarily I couldn't care less about. And that's that, each one lasts a page or two and are all pretty much worthless unless you happen to be enamoured with the celebrity culture which we currently live in.
This product should not be emphasising Bill Bryson's name, and the cover art should not have been designed and illustrated in the style of all his other books. It's misleading, because it has very little to do with him. This sort of book is not for me. Some like it, I don't. I'll examine in detail the next book bearing his name before potentially wasting money on it!
Mainly because it was not written by Bill Bryson, but it was articles written by other people and only edited by him,which was not made clear in any publicity.
Although the list of celebrity contributors was no great draw to me, the fact that many are professional writers or journalists has resulted in a much better read then books that traditionally sell because of the `celeb' factor.
As a cricket fan, I would compare reading this book, to listening to Test Match Special: relaxing, cosy, often witty and a comfort in times of trial.
I'd certainly recommend for reading on a lazy summer afternoon somewhere in the English countryside.
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I have lived in England for eighty years and yet Bill Bryson has made me look at it in a new way - the rhyne into which I slipped with my two years old grand-daughter on my... Read morePublished 2 months ago by an ageing reader
Disappointing. I thought it was a Bill Dyson book (my fault for nor reading the smaller print). Still feel fooled though.Published 3 months ago by foxy237