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Summary

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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simply brilliant

Loved it, listened over 3 days. Marvellous to actually hear John talking about his work.

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All the fun of the fair!

I bought the book for my husband who has been a big fan of John’ Wardley since he was a boy and I decided to listen to join him and listen to the book on Audible. It’s brilliant listening to John tell his own story and I think really adds something. I am a theme park enthusiast but even if I wasn’t it would be a entertaining and interesting story and I wish I had read the book before meeting Mr Wardley in 2019 as I have so much I would love to ask him! A truly remarkable man and maker of magic.

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Great incite to the Themed Attraction world ,
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Interesting History especially around the now Merlin Attractions

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A thorough thrill fest

I really enjoyed this book. As a lover of theme parks and attractions, it was really interesting to find out how John got into this career. Having John read this audiobooks was a stroke of genius. You can really imagine what John is describing in parts of the book. would definitely recommend this book to anyone.

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amazing read for all coaster

amazing read for coaster and theme park fans great read or listen go read it

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Fascinating look at the life of a genius.

Absolutely fascinating hearing of John's life and all the creative genius things he's done. As someone who loves them parks and making stuff and hearing of what goes on behind the scenes this was right up my street and them some.

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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!