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Books 23 & 24 - 2012

Book 23: Stonehenge: English Heritage Guidebook by Julian Richards – 48 pages

Description from Goodreads:
Stonehenge is one of the wonders of the world. Its great stones were raised more than 4,000 years ago as a temple to the sun; its banks and ditches are older still. This new guide includes a tour and history of the site and its remarkable landscape, together with full-colour maps, plans, reconstruction drawings and historic photographs.

Thoughts:
This is another brief little tourist book I bought while living in London – obviously about Stonehenge. It’s actually pretty comprehensive for a guidebook, going into detail about the various theories about why Stonehenge was built, whom by and what it was used for. It also goes into detail about the positioning of the stones and various other stone formations and indentations etc in the area. Very interesting.


23 / 50 books. 46% done!


7475 / 15000 pages. 50% done!

Book 24: Experience the Tower of London: Souvenir Guidebook by Brett Dolman, Susan Holmes, Edward Impey & Jane Spooner – 72 pages

Description from Goodreads:
Royal palace, fortress, prison and place of execution; arsenal, royal mint, menagerie and jewel house - for over 900 years the Tower of London has served all these purposes. In this lavishly illustrated 72-page guide you're invited to explore this formidable citadel as it was and is now.

Thoughts:
Another tourist book (I read a whole stack of these before I packed my shipping boxes up to leave for Australia). This one is about the Tower of London, which is pretty much favourite touristy spot in all of London (I am a massive fan of the Tudors, in particular, Henry VIII). This book talks about the history of this very famous site, some of the significant deaths that have happened there, the mysteries of the tower, and the very famous Beefeaters. Always enjoyable to read about this very significant place.


24 / 50 books. 48% done!


7547 / 15000 pages. 50% done!

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