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England for All Seasons

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A book by Susan Allen Toth

Traveling with Susan Allen Toth is like journeying with a good friend who's anxious to show you her own personal England. Whether walking under the Thames in the Greenwich Foot Tunnel, meeting the residents of a donkey sanctuary in Devon, echoing through … see full wiki

Author: Susan Allen Toth
Publisher: Ballantine Books
1 review about England for All Seasons

Leading us down the garden path again

  • Jun 5, 2007
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Having read Susan Allen Toth's first two England books last spring before a trip to the UK, and her third, "England for All Seasons," shortly before a return trip to London last month, my reaction to this book was somewhat mixed.

On the one hand, I already knew the author's tastes in travel and writing run to gardens and obscure coastlines and drives on narrow winding roads, and so I was prepared when the time came to skim over her lengthy descriptions of those three things. In "England for All Seasons," that accounted for about one-third of the book, and it felt very much like her earlier books. On the other hand, I was pleased to find a number of places to go and resources to check out that were new to me, and also to see that there was more about London in this title than I recall in the earlier two books.

Having read all three books now, I think "England As You Like It" was probably my favorite, perhaps because it was also the most practical. Of course, since this book is ten years old now, much of the information can be replaced, as I said in an earlier review, with a red rubber stamp reading "Use the Internet!" A decade on, Susan Allen Toth's books are now travel literature more than they are how-tos, and if your tastes run to a personal view of England and affectionate descriptions of what keeps bringing her back, "England for All Seasons" deserves a place next to the other two volumes.

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