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Mrs Bradshaw's Handbook: To Travelling Upon the Ankh-Morpork & Sto Plains Hygenic Railway

by Terry Pratchett, The Discworld Emporium (Author)

Other authors: Peter Dennis (Illustrator)

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Series: Discworld (Companion)

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Authorised by Mr Lipwig of the Ankh-Morpork and Sto Plains Hygienic Railway himself, Mrs Georgina Bradshaw's invaluable guide to the destinations and diversions of the railway deserves a place in the luggage of any traveller, or indeed armchair traveller, upon the Disc. *From the twine walk of Great Slack to the souks of Zemphis- edifying sights along the route *Ticketing, nostrums and transporting your swamp dragon- essential hints on the practicalities of travel * Elegant resorts and quaint inns- respectable and sanitary lodgings for all species and heights. * From worm-herding to Fustic Cake- diverting trivia on the crafts, foods and brassica traditions of the many industrious people for whom the railway is now a vital link to the Century of the Anchovy Fully illustrated and replete with useful titbits, Mrs Bradshaw's Handbook offers a view of the Sto Plains like no other.… (more)
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This is a "Terry Pratchett Presents" book, which indicates that it's one of the Discworld offshoots (from the book "Raising Steam") and written by others in the Discworld Emporium collective. It's no bad thing for all that, and presents a nice little addendum that is actually more absorbing than such a slim book could usually warrant.

Written by one Mrs Bradshaw, this is a traveliing guide a la Bradshaws, Lonely Planet etc, which gives a description of the various stops along the line and a brief summary of the guest houses, primary local events etc. I have seen some complaints about how boring it is to get the same repatitive style of 2 line entries for each stop across the line, but this is a throwback to the types of travel guides I was brought up with, long before the internet allowed to you to compile your own travel guide!

This has maps and pictures galore! It's easy to skim pages, but you run the risk of missing the odd fabulous joke lurking in the middle of the page - the Effing Great Tit, an inhabitant of Effing Forest, being one such example.

You will either love this book or think "why did I spend my time"?
  nordie | Oct 14, 2023 |
This didn't make a big impression on me. But I think I read it when I was back home for my dad's funeral, so it was just distracting me for a couple of hours. ( )
  finlaaaay | Aug 1, 2023 |
Cute. ( )
  tronella | Jun 22, 2019 |
Taking it's cue from Bradshaw's Guide (which I had only heard of because of the TV series with Michael Portillo) but this is a woman guiding as only Terry Pratchet can, a traveller through the train service of the Disk. She comes across as one of those classic British women travllers like Gertrude Bell. It's also lavishly illustrated by Peter Dennis.

it's a good filler title in the Diskworld. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Nov 16, 2018 |
Diese und weitere Rezensionen findet ihr auf meinem Blog Anima Libri - Buchseele

Wenn ich ganz ehrlich bin… Dieses Buch mit dem unmöglich langen Titel „Mrs Bradshaws höchst nützliches Handbuch für alle Strecken der Hygienischen Eisenbahn Ankh-Morpork und Sto-Ebene“ bekommt all die Punkte nicht unbedingt wegen seines Inhalts sondern viel mehr Dank der wirklich zauberhaften Aufmachung.

Inhaltlich… Nun, es ist halt ein Reiseführer, auf herrlich altmodisch getrimmt, ganz passend zu den Gegebenheiten in der Scheibenwelt, und wenn man sich in dieser Welt auskennt, wenn man die Romane von Sir Terry Pratchett gelesen hat, dann bietet das Handbuch nicht unbedingt allzu viel neue Informationen. Dazu gibt es wohl einfach zu viele Scheibenwelt-Romane, in denen man als Leser auch so schon sehr viel über die Welt und ihre Bewohner und Kulturen lernt.

So ist das Handbuch mehr eine Art Zusammenfassung, bereichert mit der einen oder anderen humorvollen Anekdote oder neuen Infohäppchen. Gerade die Abschnitte, in denen die Unterkünfte und Gasthäuser in den einzelnen Regionen beschrieben werden, wirken nach einer Weile ziemlich repetitiv. Trotzdem ist das Buch sehr lustig zu lesen, wobei die schon erwähnte tolle Ausstattung das Handbuch halt wirklich deutlich aufwertet.

Denn schon von außen sieht man, dass sich mit der Aufmachung hier wirklich Mühe gegeben wurde, das Cover ist auf alt und abgenutzt getrimmt, als wäre es wirklich ein schon oft zur Hand genommener Reiseführer und im Inneren finden sich neben einer Vielzahl von Karten auch verschiedenste Zeichnungen von Reisesituationen sowie passende Dokumente und – und das ist hier genau wie schon im Stadtführer für Ankh-Morpork mein persönliches Highlight – Werbeplakate, -anzeigen und -schilder, angelehnt an viktorianische Vorbilder, verdreht auf Art der Scheibenwelt.

Genau wie schon „Vollsthändiger und unentbehrlicher Stadtführer von gesammt Ankh-Morpork“ ist auch „Mrs Bradshaws höchst nützliches Handbuch für alle Strecken der Hygienischen Eisenbahn Ankh-Morpork und Sto-Ebene“ im Endeffekt nicht mehr als ein netter Gag für alle Fans der Scheibenwelt Romane, allerdings zugegebenermaßen ein wirklich sehr, sehr hübscher ;) Mich jedenfalls konnte das Buch trotz des nicht allzu überwältigenden Inhalts definitiv überzeugen und wer gerne Terry Pratchetts Romane liest, bei dem gehört wohl auch dieses Exemplar ins Regal. ( )
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Terry Pratchettprimary authorall editionscalculated
The Discworld EmporiumAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Dennis, PeterIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Keith, PenelopeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stevens, Michael FentonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Dedicated to the memory of Mr Archibald Bradshaw and Mr Ned Simnel, early departures at the beginning of this particular journey
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Since the demise of my darling husband Archibald, alas, I have had time on my hands, and so I set myself to travelling on the new railway.
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Authorised by Mr Lipwig of the Ankh-Morpork and Sto Plains Hygienic Railway himself, Mrs Georgina Bradshaw's invaluable guide to the destinations and diversions of the railway deserves a place in the luggage of any traveller, or indeed armchair traveller, upon the Disc. *From the twine walk of Great Slack to the souks of Zemphis- edifying sights along the route *Ticketing, nostrums and transporting your swamp dragon- essential hints on the practicalities of travel * Elegant resorts and quaint inns- respectable and sanitary lodgings for all species and heights. * From worm-herding to Fustic Cake- diverting trivia on the crafts, foods and brassica traditions of the many industrious people for whom the railway is now a vital link to the Century of the Anchovy Fully illustrated and replete with useful titbits, Mrs Bradshaw's Handbook offers a view of the Sto Plains like no other.

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