In Forkbeard's Wake: Coasting Around Scandinavia (Flamingo)

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A fascinating voyage around Scandinavia from Viking past to volvo present. Spanning boatbuilding, drinking competitions, storms at sea, murder, kayaking and incredibly dangerous New Year fireworks, In Forkbeard’s Wake is at once history, travelogue, social commentary and ripping yarn.

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Svein Forkbeard invaded England in 1014 and became Britain’s least–known (and shortest reigning) king. Fascinated by his exploits and armed with a degree in heroic literature, Ben Nimmo decided to find his own inner Viking by reversing the steps of Forkbeard’s journey. So he bought a boat and set out across the North Sea to the Baltic. But he soon discovered that the blood–soaked poetry of the sagas doesn’t offer an infallible guide to present–day Scandinavia. And a varied cast of small children and retired police chiefs, archaeologists, a dentist, and a dolphin, along with some perfectly hair–raising adventures, competed to teach him some (often hilarious) lessons about the Norse mindset. With wit and irreverence, In Forkbeard’s Wake conveys all the ludicrous, endearing, and addictive charm of Scandinavia.

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Ben Nimmo was born in Kendal in 1972 and grew up in Wolverhampton, where he still lives. He attended Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. As a musician he has played in a brass band in New Zealand, recorded a CD with his University Swing Band and played in the Albert Hall. He has spent time helping to rebuild a twelfth century castle in France and teaching scuba diving in Egypt and Belize. He now travels and writes full time.

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