Monday, 8 February 2010

Treasures of the Beatles - Terry Burrows

First of all, a quick message to my dad - stop reading now, you'll probably get this for your father's day present this year so you'll spoil the surprise !!

Right, on to the review. Well, what have we here ? Ohhh another book about The Beatles. Been there, done that, neeeext ! Well, hang on - this is actually a lot more than just a book about The Beatles. What makes this one stand out from the rest is that it's like a flap-book for grown-ups ! It's got loads of red and white envelopes throughout the book, each one full of mock-ups of various Beatle-related memorabilia. We've got reproductions of hand-written set lists, souvenir postcards, flyers, tickets, tour posters ... they're all really well made, perfectly reproduced with incredible attention to detail like the thickness or glossiness of the paper. One piece that really stood out was a partially burned piece of paper, that looks really realistic. Make sure you get your fingers right down to the bottom of each envelope though or you'll miss some of the smaller items. I'm not a huge Beatles fan and even I was getting all excited about all the different bits and pieces hidden away in the envelopes !

The book itself is really well presented too. It's full of photos - many of which I'd never seen before - as well as a chronological account of the Beatles' career and double page spreads on each album, detailing their chart success, snippets of information about the band's reactions to the songs or how they came about. I'm sure most of it has been said before in numerous other Beatles books, but it made fascinating reading. It's also not too text-heavy, so if you're not an avid reader, you'll still enjoy flicking through, looking at the pictures and dipping in and out of the texts.

It's beautifully presented in a sturdy box - which is just as well because any true fan will be forever pulling it out to drool over the memorabilia gems hidden within. Even if you've got a million other Beatles books, you certainly won't regret adding this one to your collection.

star rating : 5/5

RRP : £25

Hardcover: 64 pages
Publisher: Carlton Books Ltd (1 Oct 2009)
ISBN-10: 1847324401
ISBN-13: 978-1847324405

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