23 October 2010

Book Review & Giveaway: Britain & Ireland by Robin Currie

Title: Britain & Ireland: A Visual Tour of the Enchanted Isles
Author: Robin Currie
Publisher: National Geographic Society
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0627-6
352 pages
Genre: Non-fiction, Travel
Price: U.S. $35.00 (can be purchased via National Geographic)

Britain & Ireland: A Visual Tour of the Enchanted Isles by Robin Currie, provides extensive information about Britain and Ireland, with stunning photographs, and useful illustrations.

As well as cultural and historical references about each region of Britain and Ireland, the author shares lots of fun facts and bits of trivia. For example, I learned that Westminster is the biggest Gothic palace in the world and that Windsor Castle is the world's oldest and largest occupied castle.

Each chapter devoted to a geographic region, contains detailed historical background as well as lists that highlight interesting facts (coastal landmarks, historic pubs, great stately homes, etc.). Also, at the end of each chapter, there is a two-page spread which features a useful list of "Sites and Sights" about the particular region.

Britain & Ireland is the perfect book for anyone interested in learning more about the British Isles. It is also a useful reference book for planning a visit to the British Isles.

I enjoyed reading this book and I'm very pleased to be able to offer a free copy of Britain & Ireland: A Visual Tour of the Enchanted Isles to one of my readers of this blog post. (UK residents only)

For your chance to win a copy, please leave a comment on this post. A winner will be selected by a random drawing on Monday, October 25th, 2010, at about 6:00 pm and announced here shortly thereafter.

Many thanks to National Geographic Books for providing two copies of this book (one for me to review and keep, and the other book to give away).


  1. I'd love to be tossed into the drawing if you'll send to the states. The book sounds gorgeous and will give me lots to drool over :-)

  2. Hi Stefanie, It is a gorgeous book and I'd love to be able to include you in the drawing but the book is quite large and very heavy. I hate to think how much the postage would be to send it to the United States! Sorry about that.

  3. I'd love to be included in the draw please. :)

  4. This sounds like it would be a perfect gift for my parents so please include me in the draw! (I'm in Edinburgh!).

  5. with my husband about to retire we will have time to explore our beautiful country so please put me in the draw.x

  6. Hello Irene. You're in the draw.

  7. And the winner is...


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