Pier Review by Jon Bounds & Danny Smith


Published 2016 by Summersdale

ISBN 1849538115 (ISBN13: 9781849538114)

An interesting idea, two friends from landlocked Birmingham plan to visit most of the piers in England and Wales (Scotland was left out as too far to drive in the fortnight they allowed themselves to complete their journey). They enlisted a man called Midge as their driver – he doesn’t say much in the book but is key as without him they’d be stuck!

The book gives a potted history of each pier they visit, although those after an in depth social history of piers and the seaside would best look elsewhere. Instead it is an amusing, drink fuelled journey around the seaside and they certainly didn’t like Blackpool much. They both have an accessible writing style and they reveal a little about their character and influences in life throughout the book.

It’s another 3 1/2 rated book for me. You will enjoy reading it once but doubt I’d read it again.

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