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The Pleasures and Treasures of Britain

A Discerning Traveller's Companion

edited by David Kemp

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great britain, reference, questions & answers
list price: $19.99
also available: eBook
category: Travel
published: 1992
publisher: Dundurn

Is a famous queen of Britain really bured beneath platform 10 at King’s Cross station in London?

What is the telephone number of the National Theatre?

what is the best place to eat in Worcester?

Where is the National Bagpipe Museum? (Hint: not in Scotland)

Was Pointius Pilate born in Pitlochry?

The answers to these questions and literally thousands more are to be found in David Kemp’s fascinating guidebook, The Pleasures and Treasures of Britain. Nowhere else will the discerning traveller find so much diverse and essential information about British culture gathered together in one volume. With the author as your witty and knowledgeable guide, take a tour through nearly fifty cities, from Penzance to Perth, from London to Cardiff and Belfast.

Each city section begins with a concise, readable history and a guided walk around the town, planned to take in as many of the significant local sights as can comfortably be included. Next are exhaustive listings, including telephone numbers and addresses, of everything a culturally curious visitor might want to seek out: theatre, art galleries, museums, antique markets, antiquarian and other bookstores, restaurants, lcoal fairs and festivals and more. Finally, under the headings of Artistic Associations and Ephemera, each section concludes with an entertaining collection of local lore, gossip, legend and anecdote.

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Contributor notes

David Kemp was born in England. He has been a professional actor and is currently head of the drama department at Queen's University. His passions are music, theatre, travel by train, and cricket. He divides his time between Kingston, Ontario, and Frome in Somerset, England.

Jane Brooks, who produced the illustrations for this book as well as the cover art, is a Canadian artist born in Toronto. She received bachelor degrees in Fine Art and Education at Queen's University. She is currently working as a freelance artist.

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Editorial Review

A fascinating and compelling 'Ephemera' section is included for each location. This section alone makes the guide a worthwhile purchase and 'read' for the traveller and nontraveller alike.

— Canadian Book Review Annual
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About the Author

David Kemp

David Kemp was born in 1936 and trained as a teacher at Westminster College, University of London, where he also received the diploma of Dramatic Arts. Kemp has played hundreds of roles during his dramatic career. He has written several works including A Different Drummer, used for creative drama in Canadian schools, and A Child Growing Up, a thematic anthology on childhood.

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