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2.0 out of 5 stars Littered with errors, 23 July 2012
This review is from: Top Sights Travel Guide: Manchester (Top Sights Travel Guides Book 79) (Kindle Edition)
I am echoing much of the first reviewers comments and luckily I have only downloaded the sample. I would have given it 1 star, but as I only had the sample, I thought it unjust to give just 1 star.

From the brief glimpse of the book offered for free, I was struck whether the writer had even visited the city. As a proud Mancunian, I am always interested to see how the city is perceived by others, but this sample is not a shining beacon to attract visitors. The Northern Quarter is called the 'North Quarter' and Deansgate Locks is referred to as 'Deansgate Docks'. I would be mightily impressed if a sea going vessel decided to dock there whilst I was having a drink at one of the bars, but the lack of attention to detail is very evident from little bits such as these.

Manchester United is described as 'The city's team' as well in the introduction. I know, even as a United fan, this is not something anyone with a decent amount of knowledge of the city would say.

I know it is much easier to criticise rather than offer something constructive, but the English is terrible throughout - 'The Saint Peter's Square' for example. When did the 'The' arrive?

'Manchester is known for making the first train station in the world'. A fact the city is to be proud of, but how does one 'make' a station. Surely if this book had been proof read just once by someone with a reasonable grasp of English before being released, these glaring errors would have been spotted and the book would be a good starting point as a guide.

The enthusiasm is there in the writing and this is to be applauded, but overall the book seems to have been written by someone who does not know the city well and by someone who is lacking heavily in vocabulary and the written form of English.

A great pity as I was very intrigued to read this sample.
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