Visit Somerset: History and Heritage

Ian J Brodie

Somerset is a county that has it all. Ranked seventh in the UK for size with vast expanses of open, unspoilt spaces waiting to be explored.

Join award winning author and photographer, Ian Brodie, on a journey of discovery through the history and heritage of the county. Uncover the stunning variety of scenery: compare the bleak majesty of the Mendip Hills with the ever-changing vistas of Exmoor, the soft folds of the southern hills, the rich green flatness of the Levels, the great expanses of sand beaches with their popular resort towns and the rocky headlands at either end of the Somerset shoreline.

Discover noble ‘wool’ churches, with their imposing towers and contrast them to the dignity of Georgian Bath, the medieval quaintness of Wells or bustling market towns like Taunton, Yeovil and Frome.

Presented by Visit Somerset, the official Destination Management Organisation for Somerset, this ebook showcases more than 200 sensational places to visit. It includes in-depth touring information, handy hints, maps and over 750 stunning images.

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About the author

Ian Brodie MNZM is an award-winning author and photographer.

His love of his native New Zealand, film, travel, photography and vintage combat aircraft have combined to produce some remarkable books and images including the bestselling The Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook and The Hobbit Motion Picture Trilogy Location Guidebook.

He is the director of Ian Brodie Consulting, which concentrates on film tourism, writing and photography. Ian is currently working on other film and travel books.

Ian was Media Manager for Hobbiton Movie Set Tours, and was the founding director of the New Zealand Fighter Pilots Museum, in Wanaka. 

Ian travels the world with his passion, taking images on film sets, and of landscapes. This is the second book in his new On Location Guides series.

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Ian J Brodie
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Apr 20, 2016
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“A thrilling action ride of a book” (The New York Times Book Review)—from Jerry Bruckheimer in theaters everywhere January 19, 2018—the New York Times bestselling, true-life account of a US Special Forces team deployed to dangerous, war-ridden Afghanistan in the weeks following 9/11.

Previously published as Horse Soldiers, 12 Strong is the dramatic account of a small band of Special Forces soldiers who secretly entered Afghanistan following 9/11 and rode to war on horses against the Taliban. Outnumbered forty to one, they pursued the enemy army across the mountainous Afghanistan terrain and, after a series of intense battles, captured the city of Mazar-i-Sharif. The bone-weary American soldiers were welcomed as liberators as they rode into the city. Then the action took a wholly unexpected turn.

During a surrender of six hundred Taliban troops, the Horse Soldiers were ambushed by the would-be POWs. Dangerously overpowered, they fought for their lives in the city’s immense fortress, Qala-i-Janghi, or the House of War. At risk were the military gains of the entire campaign: if the soldiers perished or were captured, the entire effort to outmaneuver the Taliban was likely doomed.

“A riveting story of the brave and resourceful American warriors who rode into Afghanistan after 9/11 and waged war against Al Qaeda” (Tom Brokaw), Doug Stanton’s account touches the mythic. The soldiers on horses combined ancient strategies of cavalry warfare with twenty-first-century aerial bombardment technology to perform a seemingly impossible feat. Moreover, their careful effort to win the hearts of local townspeople proved a valuable lesson for America’s ongoing efforts in Afghanistan. With “spellbinding...action packed prose...The book reads more like a novel than a military history...the Horse Soldier’s secret mission remains the US military’s finest moment in what has since arguably been a muddled war” (USA TODAY).
* Longlisted for the National Book Award * Winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award * A New York Times Notable Book * A Washington Post Notable Book * An NPR Best Book of 2017 * A Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2017 * An Atlanta Journal-Constitution Best Southern Book of 2017 *

This extraordinary New York Times bestseller reexamines a pivotal event of the civil rights movement—the 1955 lynching of Emmett Till—“and demands that we do the one vital thing we aren’t often enough asked to do with history: learn from it” (The Atlantic).

In 1955, white men in the Mississippi Delta lynched a fourteen-year-old from Chicago named Emmett Till. His murder was part of a wave of white terrorism in the wake of the 1954 Supreme Court decision that declared public school segregation unconstitutional. Only weeks later, Rosa Parks thought about young Emmett as she refused to move to the back of a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Five years later, Black students who called themselves “the Emmett Till generation” launched sit-in campaigns that turned the struggle for civil rights into a mass movement. Till’s lynching became the most notorious hate crime in American history.

But what actually happened to Emmett Till—not the icon of injustice, but the flesh-and-blood boy? Part detective story, part political history, The Blood of Emmett Till “unfolds like a movie” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution), drawing on a wealth of new evidence, including a shocking admission of Till’s innocence from the woman in whose name he was killed. “Jolting and powerful” (The Washington Post), the book “provides fresh insight into the way race has informed and deformed our democratic institutions” (Diane McWhorter, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Carry Me Home) and “calls us to the cause of justice today” (Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, president of the North Carolina NAACP).
Rjukan i Telemark har en fantastisk historie. Her startet den moderne turismen i Norge. Her ble nyoppfinnelsen kunstgjødsel produsert for å bidra til at den raskt voksende befolkningen i verden fikk nok mat. Gjort mulig ved hjelp av elektrisitet fra de store vannressursene fra Hardangervidda og Rjukanfossen.  En helt ny by ble bygd på rekordtid. Her kjempet arbeiderne fram rettigheter som vi nyter godt av i dag. Under andre verdenskrig var Rjukan en brikke i atomkappløpet, og byen ble kjent for tungtvannssabotasjen på Vemork. Hele denne historierekken er så viktig at UNESCO mener den er verdt å bli tatt vare på for menneskeheten. Rjukan-Notodden Industriarv inkludert i UNESCOs verdensarvliste i 2015.


Denne guideboken forteller denne spennende historien om Rjukan, samtidig som den dokumenterer innspillingen av TV-serien Kampen om tungtvannet.


Boken inkluderer også:


·       Forord fra Kampen om tungtvannet-regissør Per-Olav Sørensen

·       Interaktive kart med lokasjoner

·       Informasjon om aktiviteter og attraksjoner med direkte link til hjemmesider

·       Eksklusive bilder fra TV-serien

·       Utvidede full-skjerm bildeserier og panoramabilder

·       Vandreturer med lydfiler

·       Bakgrunnsinformasjon fra skuespillere og filmteam

·       Interaktive før- og nå-bilder

·       Historiske fakta om Tinn kommune


Bli med den prisbelønnede forfatteren og fotografen Ian Brodie på en fasinerende oppdagelsesreise.


Boken er produsert på oppdrag fra visitRjukan, Tinn kommunes destinasjonsselskap.


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