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Not as useful as it thinks
on 22 January 2014
Possible purchasers should be careful. This is one of those books that you probably wouldn't have bought if you'd flicked through it in a conventional bookshop. It covers so much ground, in so many countries, as to be completely useless if wanted as a guide kept in the car while visiting, say, English churches. One small page might have an illustration from Rome, Mexico, and Philadelphia - not much help if you're currently in Norfolk! But worse than that, the information given on each item is so minimal as to be hardly worth the bother, and not much more interesting than a simple glossary. Worse still is the quality of the print: this book is a triumph of style over substance. Unless your eyes are perfect, not only is the print on the small side, but by choosing a seriffed font it nearly disappears into the background. And since the print is not particularly dark, the only way I could comfortably read it was a) with my occasional reading glasses on; and b) with a strong reading light shining on the page. So quite useless for being out and about.
To repeat: if you'd seen this in a bookshop, you'd have looked elsewhere.