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Travels Through History

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I expected a lot more from this book and must admit to being pretty disappointed with it as a whole. It seems that the author goes on a break somewhere and chronicles his time and visits wherever they go. Which isn't a bad thing at all, however this novel was bland, it's not a history of the North East of England. It's a wander around a handful of tourist attractions ( and not many of the best ones either - I grew up there ). There are a few shining moments but not many. If you were looking for a proper guide to to NE England then i would look elsewhere.
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I enjoyed reading about the history that one can see in this area, and hope to get there soon to see the sights in person.  Everything is far more interesting when you know the story behind it!
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Travels Through History: The North-East of England is obviously a labour of love for the author and has the feel of a self-published travelogue but that is not necessarily a criticism.  Guide books to Britain are remarkably sketchy on this area and it was good to read genuine opinions presented in this slim volume and view some great full-colour photographs of the area just before I visited.  

The author covers many of the more interesting museums and tourist attractions in the North-East, giving his very personal take on the places he has obviously visited including The Victoria Tunnel, Discovery Museum, Segudunum and other places of interest in Newcastle and Gateshead.  He also goes slightly further afield, visiting Shildon (the world’s first railway town), Egglestone Abbey and Durham Cathedral, to mention a few.

The whole book feels very personal and the author speaks specifically of his experiences at each of the attractions, which is engaging and entertaining but also makes for some wonderfully idiosyncratic portions, such as his directions to the  Roman fort of Chesters: “If you’re driving and following the signs of the Roman helmet from Corbridge, ensure that you turn left at the roundabout just after the one-way bridge, with traffic lights, in Chollerford otherwise you will end up in the Kielder Forest and Hadrian’s Wall didn’t head in that direction.”
That is simply the type of specific information you just don’t get in 'real' guide books.

I can’t wait to read his take on Northern Ireland and Scotland.
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Well researched and informative review.  These places you may have heard of or lived in but this looks at another side and gives a different historical viewpoint to the one you thought you knew.
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This is an interesting book for anyone who knows Newcastle. I found out lots of new things about it. I will use this knowledge the next time I go into Newcastle and look around it .
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Only a few sites in northeast England garner inclusion in this short work by Julian Worker. The author chronicled his own travel, including a few interesting facts about the sites visited. The publisher's website claims it is "the UK's leading independent publisher." The book needed extensive editing to cut down on "be" verb use, excessive words, and overuse of passive sentence constructions. I received an electronic copy through NetGalley with expectations of an honest review.
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A nice look if you just want to look at certain area of England. A number of places are looked at so reader does more than the top five places. A bit of information/historySome mentions of authors trip - so there is that sense of being there.
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As a Geordie living abroad I was interested to see what parts of my beloved North East of England would be included in this book. A well-researched overview of a small part of what is on offer for visitors interested in the local history. The book suffered from an clear rationale as to why various places were included at the expense of others. That being said I would really enjoy reading a longer history written by this author as he has an accessible style of writing where his passion for history comes across without sounding arrogant or overbearing.
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Travels through History: The North-East of England is a concise travel guide to some of the historical attractions of the northeastern parts of England. Released 9th July 2018 from AG Books and author Julian Worker, it's available in ebook format.

Whilst I agree that the prose accompanying the entries is well written and the author has an informal and inviting style of writing, the book is crippled by lack of any structure or context. There's no table of contents, no index, and no geographical setting for the inclusion of the particular attractions the author has chosen. With a region absolutely steeped in history and attractions, there's no context for why the places chosen were chosen.

The photography is limited, but well done and provided in color.The destinations are varied and include: railway history (Shildon & Darlington), religious shrines and church history (Durham Cathedral & St Cuthbert), construction and engineering projects (The Victoria Tunnel in Ouseburn, Newcastle-upon-Tyne), geography (Ouseburn), science and nature (The Discovery Museum in Newcastle-upon-Tyne), and 5 others (including Hadrian's wall).

The descriptions are well done and written in a chatty, personal, appealing style.

With the addition of a good table of contents, some links for further reading, and an index, this would be a 4 star offering. As it is, it's difficult to navigate and randomly arranged.

Three stars.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.
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This compact book is ideal for carrying with you while you discover the delights on offer in the North East  of England.
It is not a comprehensive history of the area but a good introduction. The author has included his favourite places and shares his knowledge and enthusiasm.
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Now I didn’t need to request this since I live in this area and know a lot of this information already but I’m a complete history nerd! Julian has took the best parts of the North-East and managed to fit them in this book while giving some great information about the local area.

Great little book and highly recommend to anyone wanting to visit this way.
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Nice little book, to give visitors to the northeast of England a small taste of what we have to offer. This book would be huge considely thicker as we have so much history to share with everyone.

Well worth reading.
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As someone who lived near Durham and worked in Newcastle for over 30 years I was interested to see what Mr Worker felt to be tourist attractions. It does say "...visitor can see in a very short time" and that's true (equally the time it takes to read - about an hour). It's an interesting mix of history behind the places, practical aspects (entry fees or free - for some sites) and an accessible way of writing.  Each chapter has a single and, for the most part, different picture reflecting some aspect of the text. The places themselves are an equally interesting mix - railway history in and around Darlington, Durham Cathedral and St. Cuthbert, industrial/WWII Ouseburn and the Quayside, ship building and Romans at Wallsend (Segedunum (not Segudunum as in a couple of places)), The Angel of the North and other modern works with a quick and quirky day trip to Blanchland and up to Hadrian's Wall for Corbridge, Chesters and Housesteads. This was the least successful chapter to my mind - too little about too much. He ignored Northumberland, other than the Green Woman and a brief mention of Lindisfarne for St. Cuthbert, and there's a lot more to the north-east than expressed here. With the main thrust around Newcastle upon Tyne - Darlo it might have been better to have a more geographically constrained title. Clearly he spent his time well in the museums and walking around Tyneside and the book reflects this. Thanks to NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.
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Interesting and informative book relating the history about some of the places you can visit in the North East of England.  Could have been more comprehensive but would certainly help a visitor getting an appreciation of the history. A good, if not wholly comprehensive  read.
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I found this book really interesting, it was written in a friendly and  informative way. I did think it would have included a bigger area with more information about more places, it says north east and that is a huge area! Maybe another book is on the way. 
Thank you netgalley.
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Travels Through History (The North-East of England) by Julian Worker is a short, concise, informative travel log that is part of a series of several locations that has been visited and written by Mr. Worker.

I enjoyed reading about the major points of interest in NE England, the pertinent history behind each area/landmark, and the accompanying images. It really does help plan one’s trip to the area.

I am looking forward to reading more installments and locations.

5/5 stars.

Thank you NetGalley and AG Books for this ARC and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion.

This review has been submitted to B&N, Kobo, GR, and Amazon.
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** Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with the digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review **
Me gusto mucho la mezcla entre guía de turismo y guía histórica. Ademas es interesante el enfoque del autor, ya que sentís que el té esta contando su experiencia. Esto hace que la lectura sea agradable, amena y fácil. Ademas me despertó muchísima curiosidad por visitar esos lugares y ver lo que el autor vio y hacer lo que él hizo. La edición que yo tenia no tenia tantas fotografías como me hubiera gustado, pero igualmente fue disfrutable.
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