Seaside Resorts, which follows the bestselling Unwrecked England, is a celebration of the British seaside resort, and sees Candida Lycett Green travel to fifty of the best across England and Wales – from Broadstairs to Bridlington, Southwold to Swanage, Torquay to Tenby. In the spirit of her father, Sir John Betjeman, she captures their essence and reveals the physical beauty, bright and breezy architecture – and humour. The book is beautifully illustrated with over eighty full colour photographs.
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If there’s a better book to give for Christmas published this autumn, I’d like to see it.
Cressida Connolly, The Spectator
“Candida Lycett Green’s Seaside Resorts is a celebration of her 50 British favourites and a perfect Christmas present to suit man, woman or child. Who better to be a judge of coastal quality? … Somehow the essence of each resort is conjured so vividly you wish you were there. Architectural highlights and literary connections for each resort are noted but learning is worn lightly and comic insights abound.”
Mary Killen, The Lady, 11 November 2011.
“What a wonderful book … It’s impossible to flip the pages of this lavish top 50 selection of recreational gems without being tempted towards the closest railway station.”
Nicholas Crane, five star review in Countryfile magazine. December 2011.
The following are extracts from the book – to read about the fifty seaside resorts in full you can purchase the book online from Amazon
In its heyday Ventnor was primarily a winter resort, its season lasting from October until June or July. The sheltered, south-facing town was said to be sunnier and warmer than anywhere else in the country, and when Sir James Clark (later Queen Victoria’s doctor) published a treatise on the influence of climate in the prevention and cure of chronic disease, Ventnor’s popularity soared> Read more
Blackpool is gaudy and straightforward and affords as much entertainment as you can pack into a town. It is not for the faint-hearted: though she rather enjoyed it when she stayed here in 1980, Mrs AJP Taylor pronounced: “In Blackpool everything serves low tastes.” Blackpool is Lancashire’s answer to Brighton: there is a constant party atmosphere.> Read more
Everything about Northumberland is grand and bold. Even the Tyne seems to cut deeper through the heart of Newcastle than do rivers in other cities. At its mouth, the mighty northern headland of Pen Bal Crag juts out impregnable into the North Sea, surrounded on three sides by high cliffs.> Read more
In complete contrast to the Edwardian splendour of Frinton-on-Sea’s posh southern end, a daring modernist scheme was planned for the northern end in 1934. The architect Oliver Hill was commissioned to design the Frinton Park Estate, which was to be a showcase of the very latest jazz modern style. The public were not ready for it,> Read more