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ISBN: 9781841148724
AUTHOR: Andy Stansfield
The Aintree Grand National
The Aintree Grand National
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Aintree has been a race venue for a very long time and will continue to thrill its visitors for many years to come. This collection of images, sometimes serious sometimes amusing but always fascinating, will help readers to relive some of those precious moments experienced in the company of friends, family and colleagues.

Setting out to capture the spirit of the event, spread over a three day period, the author conveys some of the atmosphere and excitement of Aintree during a Grand National meeting from a spectator’s perspective. The result is a book which will be valued equally by both occasional and regular visitors to this three-day meeting, regardless of how much or how little they know about the sport of kings.

From punters pouring off the trains into Aintree station which handles 30,000 passengers a day during the meeting, to sombre reflection over Red Rum’s grave, and from the tipster to the tipsy, Andy Stansfield’s lens picks out with unerring accuracy those little cameos which make a day memorable. Ladies Day in particular provides a fascinating diversion from equine matters as glamour and glitz compete with colour clashes and costume jewellery.

Then there’s Grand National day itself, with Aintree’s inescapable and colourful past echoed in the names of fences, stands and complementary facilities which make up the huge complex bordering the historic track. If you are as amused by people watching as you are by the racing, you’ll find this book contains a treasure trove of human interest images as well as capturing the spirit of Aintree.

Andy Stansfield is a Lancashire-based photographer and author who specialises in travel, outdoor leisure and events. He has written and illustrated numerous titles for Halsgrove as well as a number of photography books.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 1 84114 872 4, 214x230mm, hardback, 144 pages. Published March 2009.

Liverpool The Great CityLiverpool The Great City - £16.99
Liverpool The Great City showcases the resurgence of the port as a tourist, leisure, shopping and educational place through over 140 quite stunning images by Paul McMullin with a lively text by Mike McNamee.
Liverpool HighLiverpool High - £14.99
Today Liverpool’s economy is booming. Its long-term icons, like the two football stadiums and Aintree Racecourse, are being added to by new facilities to cater for the growing influx of visitors from around the world. This book takes the reader on a fascinating journey over the City, where landmarks from its prosperous past are being joined increasingly by features of its current success to make it truly a city of the twentyfirst century .
Web Price: £14.99
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