The Story of Architecture
Jonathan Glancey
Dorling Kindersley
240 pages

The Story of Architecture is yet another title from the Glancey stable. While 20th Century Architecture is one to adorn the grown-up book cases, this title would probably be best suited to the desk of a GCSE history student. The book is very much the child of its publisher, with clear, well-explained text, diagrams and a chronological stroll through the ages of architecture. It covers the entire architectural panorama, including African and Asian as well as European traditions. There are also special features on the world's most influential architects.

A high-standard reference book and good Christmas gift for the more studious secondary school kid – and not a bad read for parents, too.