TalesFromTheTowers[Book: Nick Sim – 2013 – 14x22cm – 350 Pages – Few B&W photos]. Take an in-depth look at the story behind Alton Towers. How did the imposing mansion come to be? Who was behind the stunning gardens? And how was anyone permitted to build a theme park on the site? Also learn about: How a 1960s fairground laid the foundations for today’s theme park. Abandoned plans for “sister parks” at nearby Trentham Gardens and London’s Battersea Power Station. Tussauds’ plans for a rival park at Woburn Abbey before buying Alton Towers. How John Wardley created Nemesis, Oblivion and Air. Clashes with local residents that have limited the park’s ambitions. Details of accidents and mishaps, and about rides that never were. Chapter Points: Acknowledgements; Foreword; From country estate to tourist magnet; All the fun of the fair; The stately home that’s anything but stately; The house of war takes over; The Secret Weapons; Merlin’s magic wand; Waking up the neighbours; The business of theme parks; When things go wrong; Creating the magic; What might have been; The future. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.