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Towers books

by nemyjoe » Tue Jan 31, 2017 11:42 pm

Hi i just finished reading tales from the towers and it is one of the only books i have read inside a week. I was just wondering if there were any other books or some like that available?
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Re: Towers books

by Smiler313 » Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:14 am

I am currently reading a book called 'Smoke and Mirrors' which is all about the making of the Haunted House. I am finding it very good and it is definitely worth a read. :)
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by Liam.W » Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:30 am

Smiler313 wrote:I am currently reading a book called 'Smoke and Mirrors' which is all about the making of the Haunted House. I am finding it very good and it is definitely worth a read. :)


I absolutely love that book, so detailed and informative. And the author really does have such a big passion for the ride, which seems to make the book that much better!
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by Tom-TT » Wed Feb 01, 2017 2:37 pm

There's quite a few different books that I would recommend reading, although it depends on what your particular interest is in Alton Towers whether you would find them interesting.

Michael Fisher has published a few fantastic books over the years which give a sort of timeline of the development of Alton Towers from a hunting lodge to the grounds and buildings that we see today, as well as some parts relating to the development of the theme park. The first being Alton Towers: A Gothic Wonderland originally published in 1999, it can now be purchased for 1p on Amazon apparently. A revised version incorporating a lot of new information and also bits about the ongoing restoration projects was released in 2009, this time called Alton Towers: Past and Present. I would certainly recommend purchasing both if you can. In Towers Trading you can sometimes purchase pamphlets that contain abridged versions of these books.

Another excellent book is Discovering Alton Towers by Malcolm McIntosh, published in 1988. Whilst not being a book that you necessarily read, it's more of a guide book, it contains some excellent photos and information from the early days of the theme park. It can sometimes be a bit tricky to get hold of, but there are a few on Amazon at present at reasonable prices.

Alton Towers themselves published their own guidebooks more or less year after year during the late 1950's and early 1960's, then more sporadically afterwards. These tend to pop on eBay every now and again, they're well worth a read as they contain some good information and more excellent photos. We have a few of these scanned within the TT archives, for your viewing pleasure!

Last but by no means least is John Wardley's autobiography, Creating my own Nemesis. Whilst not focussing on Alton Towers for the whole time, it does contain some amazing insight into the creation of some of its signature rides.

Enjoy your reading! :)

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by AltonOperator » Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:23 pm

I noticed that no one mentioned Nick Sim's Tales from the Towers. That's an excellent read about the history of the park itself but also John Broome's other ventures. definitely worth it for kindle.
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by Liam.W » Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:53 pm

AltonOperator wrote:I noticed that no one mentioned Nick Sim's Tales from the Towers. That's an excellent read about the history of the park itself but also John Broome's other ventures. definitely worth it for kindle.


I second that. It's an absolutely great book, very interesting and tells you about the Alton Towers through the ages. It's very interesting how the theme park came to be! Well worth the money!
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Re: Towers books

by AltonOperator » Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:10 pm

£5.76 for kindle. Absolute bargain
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by Michelle » Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:40 pm

Liam.W wrote:
AltonOperator wrote:I noticed that no one mentioned Nick Sim's Tales from the Towers. That's an excellent read about the history of the park itself but also John Broome's other ventures. definitely worth it for kindle.


I second that. It's an absolutely great book, very interesting and tells you about the Alton Towers through the ages. It's very interesting how the theme park came to be! Well worth the money!



I kept intending to post about this and never got round to it! Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
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Re: Towers books

by AltonOperator » Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:42 pm

Theme Park Design by Davis Younger is a fantastic, almost encyclopaedia of theme park design. it will probably take me all year to finish it but it is worth the £39.98 I paid for it.

(I know its not really about ATR, but it does mention it many times)
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Re: Towers books

by Tom-TT » Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:03 pm

Michelle wrote:
Liam.W wrote:
AltonOperator wrote:I noticed that no one mentioned Nick Sim's Tales from the Towers. That's an excellent read about the history of the park itself but also John Broome's other ventures. definitely worth it for kindle.


I second that. It's an absolutely great book, very interesting and tells you about the Alton Towers through the ages. It's very interesting how the theme park came to be! Well worth the money!



I kept intending to post about this and never got round to it! Good book, I enjoyed reading it.


Me too, thanks for buying it for me! :D

Nick's website Theme Park Tourist is also well worth a visit for additional Towers knowledge.

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