Whilst this is not a book directly about amusement
parks, it would be a great addition to the collection of anyone who is interested in
seaside amusement parks.
Coasts of Britain is a
rich and colourful exploration of this island's extensive shoreline. A different aspect of
coastal life forms the focus of each of its five chapters. Its physical, holiday,
industrial, architectural and fishing coasts are all portrayed by the author's stunning
colour photographs, accompanied by informative text.
The advent of the railway in the last century provided
access to the coast and seaside holidays have gained popularity ever since. The book
excels in its portrayal of the British seaside resort. It traces the growth of the British
seaside resort, and the reasons for its continuing appeal.
The photographs should also attract amusement park and
seaside enthusiasts. It contains the following photographs which should be of interest to
visitors of Joyland Books:
- Blackpool at night from the Tower, with the Pleasure Beach
clearly visible in the distance.
- Grand Pier at Weston-Super-Mare, home of a huge indoor
- Photograph of Clacton Pier, showing its multi-looping
steel roller coaster.
- Hastings Pier, now sadly closed, pictured in happier
This is not a book about amusement parks, but its
exploration of the British coast really captures that unique atmosphere of the British
seaside resort and other aspects of coastal life. We therefore recommend it.