The Coasts of Britain
John Freeman
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ISBN Number: 0-86124-217-3
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Bison Books Ltd

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 funfair.
  • Photograph of Clacton Pier, showing its multi-looping steel roller coaster.
  • Hastings Pier, now sadly closed, pictured in happier times.

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.

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