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Creating my own Nemesis

The Autobiography of the Man Who Designed Alton Towers Big Rides, and Brought the Theme Park to Britain
Narrated by: John Wardley
Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
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The autobiography of the man who brought the theme park concept to Britain and created some of the world's most thrilling rides and attractions. He talks about his early beginnings in the theater, circus, and magical cabaret, his time working on some of the most incredible special effects in the James Bond films (including the famous bus crash scene in Live and Let Die), and how he became associated with Madame Tussauds, the world's most famous wax museum. This led to the development of Chessington World of Adventures, then Alton Towers. 

Now in its seventh edition, the book answers many questions about how enormous theme park rides are conceived and developed, and the fascinating stories behind them, including his most famous ride, NEMESIS at Alton Towers.

©2014 John Wardley (P)2017 John Wardley
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An excellent read through of an inspirational book. From the creator of viral towers online game on Facebook, a recreation of the great park itself

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The most educational and interesting book I’ve ever read

Learnt so much about so many things.

Always wanted to know what happens behind the scenes in theme park design and as an engineer it’s fascinating.

Well read and written. Thank you for sharing this story John

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Great listen for theme park enthusiast.

A wonderful insight into the journey of a British theme park icon. If you love your themed entertainment, it is well worth a listen to find out some of the background on how the most influential rides in the UK came to be. The fact that it is read by John Wardley himself adds a lot in my opinion, even if the recording isn't perfect. This book is a must read for UK theme park fans and I would recommend it to anyone with a passing interest in the industry. Loved it!

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endearing and engaging

Wonderful stuff from John, his personality and sense of humour really shine through here. Thank you for a wonderful and friendly insight into your fascinating career!

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Inspiring - Thank you so much!

Thank you John so much for writing this inspirational book! I am now 13 years old and for many years I have dreamed of one day becoming a designer of theming for ride and roller coasters, this book has really given me an insight of the theme park industry, and just generally entertained me, as I have always looked up to you as a roller coaster legend for designing my favourite (not just rides) but experiences at Alton Towers!

I am also very happy that your dream of a woodie has become a reality at Alton Towers. It is really nice to be hearing this in 2019 when the Wicker Man has been so successful.

Tomorrow I am visiting Alton Towers again, and I will be thinking of this the whole time whilst being sent up dive loops and cobra rolls and then hurled through corkscrews and helixes 😊

Truly, thank you!!!!!

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absolutely brilliant. great narration

What a great book, loved every second. great narration and what a career 10 stars out of 5 :)

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Brilliant.

Absolutely loved it. Especially if you are a UK coaster fan and are familiar with UK coaster parks. Highly recommended.