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Pierdom
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on 4 November 2013
What an amazing project. I really enjoyed it - Good photographs. Very nostalgic - I grew up very close to a pier - even worked in the pierhead offices, sold tickets for performances in the Floral Hall and counted the pennies from the slot machines in the arcade...... Sad, though, to see it looking lonely and forlorn these days.....
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on 28 October 2014
Excellent photography! Let's hope that some of the endangered piers within can survive the ravages of time and the weather!
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on 16 April 2014
A well photographed and informative book, makes you want to jump on the train (which is why most of them are where they are) and visit some of these wonderful structures.
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on 15 December 2016
A beautiful and poignant photographic cultural exploration by Simon Roberts of a particularly British experience.
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on 22 January 2014
For his latest book, Pierdom, British photographer Simon Roberts has travelled the coastline of Britain to create a comprehensive and fascinating photographic record of the country's remaining pleasure piers, an homage to these monuments of Victorian engineering and eccentricity.

The book is, at once, a historical catalogue and a compilation of British seaside landscapes. Historically, the book shows how the pleasure pier reflects Britain's changing relationship to the seaside, from the early links with the Romantics, to the engineering feats and technical advancement of the Industrial Revolution. But the book is also a love letter to the British coast, capturing the landscape at its most romantic (sunset) and its most realistic (rain) with equal affection.

Fitting for a photographer whose last book was titled, We English, this book feels British, through and through. The subject matter of the book -- the piers and the seascapes -- combine with the careful exactitude of the book itself to capture a time, place, and cultural sensibility.

The book closes with a quote from a particularly British writer, the poet Sir John Betjeman: "Piers provide a walk on the sea without the disadvantage of being seasick and are havens of fresh air and freedom which we can ill afford to lose".

If you find yourself agreeing with Betjeman's words, this book is for you.

--Alexander Strecker, assistant editor at LensCulture
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on 10 August 2014
To me, the photographs here are mostly washed-out, poorly composed and lacking in definition. In the case of 'lost piers' Shanklin, Margate and Redcar, we are offered images comprising just sea and sky that could have been taken anywhere, no land is present to give the reader some perspective, with maybe an outline to show roughly where the piers had been.
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on 22 October 2013
I ordered this book after reading a very favourable review in The Times and I was not disappointed. The book is lovely to handle, the photographs are wonderful as is the introductory essay about piers. The book is very well organised and accessible for research purposes. I intend to use it as the main source for a presentation I am planning for an Architecture Appreciation group. I wish there was an accompanying DVD - or a TV programme - the sort BBC4 does. Thank you Simon Roberts.
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