[Spreads] enthusiasm by inviting the reader to join in a game of admiration. -- Christopher Howse, Telegraph However spectacular the book's photographs, it's the author's prowess as a phrase-maker that keeps you turning the pages -- Richard Morrison, The Times A most beautiful book . . . full of information. I'd like to travel to every one of the stations. Simon Jenkins is a blessing to the nation, keeping an eye on our buildings and making sure they are not forgotten or neglected. -- Claire Tomalin Jenkins has unearthed a lot of gems. The photography is stunning -- Christian Wolmar, Spectator This is a cracker . . . a beautiful book -- Chris Evans Simon Jenkins extols the virtues of 100 of them, as well as offering a brief history of the rise, fall and rise again of Britain's railways. And he is the perfect person to do so. Excellent, enticing. -- Gavin Stamp, Evening Standard This glorious and utterly essential guide to Britain's best railway stations is also a history of some of the remarkable - but often undersung - landmarks to our social history, The Bookseller Masterly, perhaps a masterpiece, Independent, Books of the Year on 'England's Thousand Best Churches' Every house in England should have a copy of this book -- Auberon Waugh on 'England's Thousand Best Churches', Literary Review, Book of the Century Jenkins is, like all good guides, more than simply informative: he can be courteous and rude, nostalgic and funny, elegant, convincing and relaxed' -- Adam Nicolson on 'England's Thousand Best Houses', Evening Standard. Simon Jenkins is author of the bestselling A Short History of England, A Short History of Europe, Britain's 100 Best Railway Stations, England's Thousand Best Churches and England's Thousand Best Houses. He is a former Editor of the Evening Standard and The Times, and columnist for the Guardian.. The Sunday Times Top 10 BestsellerThe perfect new gift from the bestselling author of Britain's 1000 Best ChurchesIt is the scene for our hopeful beginnings and our intended ends, and the timeless experiences of coming and going, meeting, greeting and parting. It is an institution with its own rituals and priests, and a long-neglected aspect of Britain's architecture. And yet so little do we look at the railway station. Simon Jenkins has travelled the length and breadth of Great Britain, from Waterloo to Wemyss Bay, Betws-y-Coed to Beverley, to select his hundred best. Blending his usual insight and authority with his personal reflections and experiences - including his founding the Railway Heritage Trust - the foremost expert on our national heritage deftly reveals the history, geography, design and significance of each of these glories.Beautifully illustrated with colour photographs throughout, this joyous exploration of our social history shows the station's role in the national imagination; champions the engineers, architects and rival companies that made them possible; and tells the story behind the triumphs and follies of these very British creations. These are the marvellous, often undersung places that link our nation, celebrated like never before.. NOTA: El libro no está en español, sino en inglés.
Well worth buying 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 ... 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.
Five Stars Brilliant book, beautifully photographed and well written. A joy if you love rail travel.
A Superb Book 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.
Enjoyable read Another quality book that shows railways stations as cultural buildings, only sad so many other have been bulldozed!
Train nerds bible 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.
informative, fascinating, passionate yet objective 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).
An interesting read 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.
Purchased for a present - amazing pictures and well written Had a quick flick through before I wrapped it up and then actually had chance to read a few pages when I was visiting the recipient over Christmas! For people they like rail travel and enjoy railways this is a great present.
The book now arriving on platform... I think I’m going to enjoy reading this, arrived in good time, however I wish amazon (who started out selling books)would deliver books wrapped in protective film as the slip case is all scratched.
Rating : 4 of 308 Reviewers