The first comprehensive study of the emergence of Devon's seaside resorts. Relating the development of these resorts to the wider processes of social and economic change, it explains why early tourists were drawn to the remote Devon coast and shows how fishing villages were transformed into fashionable watering places. Themes covered include bathing rituals and sea-water drinking, health cures and cholera epidemics, sophisticated amusements and improving recreations, paddle-steamers and excursion trains.
... this lucid and enjoyably written book, which is spiced throughout by the author's eye for the telling example and wittily pointed anecdote.
John K. Walton, Mariner's Mirror
Travis has produced a valuable study relevant to both the history of leisure and maritime history in its widest sense.
The Northern Mariner