REVIEWS - Books by Bob Osborn

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Yeovil in 50 Buildings

Review on Amazon by Frank Morgan, 3 June 2018
5 out of 5 stars - A great "50 Buildings" and with added features.
Format: Paperback - Verified Purchase

This volume is one of 40-odd that make up the 50 Buildings series published by Amberley. A joy both to read and to use as a guide, this one stands out even in a series that is generally superb.

For a start Bob Osborn includes a short purposeful intro which gives us a quick contextual résumé and defines his purpose: not only to provide a short buildings history of Yeovil, but to highlight that the town was not savaged by planners and "retains an important architectural legacy in combination with its social, industrial and historical heritage". The illustrations are excellent - I have come to expect this of the series, but "Yeovil" has also avoided the Achilles heel of the series i.e. mistakes on the map and its key. In this volume there is even a reference to a website where more info can be obtained.

Finally, I commend the ordering of the 50 buildings such as to facilitate a walking tour. That is enormously helpful; other approaches have been adopted in many of the "50 Buildings" books and sometimes they have made for hard walking out on the streets.

Many thanks to Amberley and Bob Osborn.



Now That's What I Call Yeovil

Review on Amazon by K A Johnson, 25 June 2018
5 out of 5 stars
Format: Paperback - Verified purchase

A very enjoyable book. Packed with photographs from 1960 to 1990. Although I have not yet visited Yeovil I now know lots about the place.





Yeovil From Old Photographs  

Review on eBay by davidbookends, 30 November 2016
5 out of 5 stars.  Verified Purchase

As a collector of Yeovil books, I really enjoyed this one. I like to imagine myself walking about Yeovil in the time of my ancestors. The book is extremely well presented and the captions to the photographs are truly informative. Although the author has a comprehensive web site, one just loves to be able to peruse a book in the hand. if you love Yeovil, you'll love this one.