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Icons of England Paperback – 1 Apr 2010

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Product details

  • 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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)

"A collection of thought-provoking essays celebrating Britain's rural heritage" (Business to Business)

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'Icons of England is a wonderful art book that is an icon in itself.' --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Only edited by Bill Bryson. Many of the chapters aren't about icons, they are jusy childhood memories with nothing at all iconic about them.
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Disappointing. I thought it was a Bill Dyson book (my fault for nor reading the smaller print). Still feel fooled though.
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A collection of short articles by an interesting range of contributors. Not a Bryson book (it's under his name for sales - blame the evil marketing dept). Some stories good. Some not. A mixed bag.
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Another good read from Bill Bryson.I have read a lot of his books and have found all of them extremely entertaining.
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VG as promised.
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I ordered this as a e-book so the 'edited' by Bill Bryson, was quite tiny and I missed it. After getting over the disappointment that the whole book had been written by celebrities (and not Bill Bryson) most of whom do not have an interesting style ... I felt I would try my best to enjoy it. However ..... there were too many writers, too many very 'brief sketches', no real insight into the topics covered, just winsome words rambling on, and on, (and on) ... most of them making no point whatsoever and having the effect of making what appear to be fairly dull subjects even duller. I did enjoy a couple of the essays ... but then they turned out to not be long enough and insufficient in number to justify buying the book.
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Icons of England has over ninety contributors all with their own Icon of England so therefore with this eclectic book you are going to get a mix of good,bad and average short bite-sized essays.
Its a shame this paperback was not accompanied with good colourful pictures to introduce each story as this would have brightened the book up somewhat. The stories inside range from childhood memories to the weather. A nostalgic book with social commentators putting their spin on what is special to them about our countryside. This is a three star for me as out of the ninety-odd essays only about ten stood out to me to be very good ,as I said earlier the rest are ok or not very good. Worth a read as its easy to dip in and out of.
Here are my ten favourites in no particular order; Time to stand and stare(Lands end) ;Through the lychgate (graveyards); Older than England(Green Man); The road taken(On holloways); Fair play (On sports fields); Whatever the weather(On clouds); The light of day(On light and shade); Poetry in motion(On mist); The dawn chorus(On birdsong); Beautiful evenings(On village cricket)
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I'm a fan of Bill Bryson and have his books (and audio books) in abundance, and always take at least one on holiday with me or if I'm away for a weekend.
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!
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