AltonTowersGothicWonderland[Book: Michael J. Fisher – 2002 – 17x24cm – 184 Pages – Many B&W photos and diagrams, few colour photos]. Alton Towers (England) is known as the picturesque backdrop to one of Europe’s most popular theme parks. Yet the story of this great house has lain hidden in archive repositories and picture collections – until now. From its origin as a mere hunting-lodge to its completion as the largest privately-owned house in Europe, crammed with costly furniture and works of art, the history of the Alton Towers estate is brought to life. This publication investigates the history of the towers, the rise and fall of the house and the people who owned the estate. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.