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This is a lovely book. Although could be classed as a 'coffee table' book. it is very interesting with some beautiful photos. For whoever is interested in architecture and the British railways this is the book for them. Even good for the layman. Whether one agrees with the ratings of different stations is for the reader to decide or whether one or two that have been left out could have been put in. Very good buy.
Truly a super book! Some spectacular pictures and informative text written with his usual clarity.
This was bought to give as a Christmas present. Unfortunately, I did not check it till I was wrapping it, just before Christmas. The (glossy, paper)book cover was slightly damaged and the first page, the flyleaf, was torn. As it was just before Christmas, I did not have time to return the book for a replacement, which I would normally have done. I still gave it as a gift, together with an embarrassed apology...
If buying from this seller, please allow time to check your purchase carefully as you may have to return it.
This is a magnificent and beautiful book. Our railway stations, from the grandeur of city terminals to more homely wayside halts are a valuable and splendid legacy, and Simon Jenkins has traversed the country to delightfully present his '100 Best'. Most readers of this book will, to a greater or lesser degree, already be students of the railway station - they will have their own opinions, their own favourites, but Simon's book will at the very least prompt them to look again and, inevitably, consider which they would include among their own 'Best'.
This is not a book which will easily be put aside on the shelf, it will be dipped into again and again.
This is a beautiful book, currently at a great price. Lovers of all things railway are currently having to get their fix vicariously, due to COVID-19, and books like this allow you to visit Britain’s best stations without leaving your armchair. The photography is breathtaking, even for lesser stations. Check out Rannock in the Scottish Highlands as an exquisite example. The text is equally superb with great writing by Simon Jenkins. Go on, spoil yourself.
As a railway enthusiast, I have almost certainly read more books on railways than is good for me. More than a few are written by those foaming with enthusiasm but who can't really write. Gushing without thinking, in other words. Thanks goodness, then, for the dependable. talented Simon Jenkins, who writes with both depth and punch, and always balances his undoubted passion for railways, architecture and history with a keen, refreshing objectivity. Even if you've never considered reading about stations, you'll want to keep reading about them after reading this. A thoroughly absorbing treat. A present for everyone (including yourself).
Extremely well written by an author who clearly knows his subject. Photos are crystal clear and each region is well covered. I think when I retire I will need to visit some of these incredible buildings. Being a huge movie fan and in particular the late Miss Celia Johnson, Carnforth is top of my list!! I can thoroughly recommend this superb book.
I've enjoyed reading this book. I've visited many stations in this book, and although I haven't always agreed with the rating given in it, I have found the choices interesting and enjoyed the authors comments on the various railway stations.
Not a good start when the first part I read, about Carnforth station, is factually incorrect. Trains to the Lake District do leave the main line at Carnforth. I wonder how many more howlers there are? Lots of pretty pictures. Style over substance? We'll see.