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Taking its inspiration from the Brewer's tradition of recording unexpected and fascinating information that is not generally available in other reference books, 'Brewer's Rogues, Villains and Eccentrics' presents a colourful, informative and entertaining A-Z of bizarre Britons through the ages: assassins and arsonists, buggers and bigamists, hangmen and horse-stealers, hell-raisers and highwaymen, plus an array of poisoners, quacks, forgers and others. Yesterday's whoremasters and harlots rub shoulders with the defrocked parsons and dodgy geezers of contemporary Brtain in this richly entertaining dictionary of degradation, depravity and dottiness. A rich repository of arcane but fascinating information, it will make the perfect Christmas present for anyone who loves history, biography and 'Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable'.
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Can reference books ever be laugh-out-loud funny? Donaldson manages it
here. The inventor of Henry Root has made an essential work of
historical biography that just happens to be the best loo book of all
time. It puts our modern obsession with celebrity into a proper
perspective. Next to 'Mad Jack' Mytton even the wildest excesses appear
rather tame and where else would you learn that Aleister Crowley
designed boomerangs as a hobby?(The QI top 10 quite interesting books by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson in The Guardian)
A work of maniacal genius. The
cross-referencing alone displays a powerful talent for mischief. Such
entries as: "Jesus, believing oneself to be having carnal relations
with. See Edinburgh, Prince Philip, Duke of" and "Pygmy cannibals who
were no match for English travelling women. See Carstairs, Marion
Barbara; Kingsley, Mary", indicate the breadth of the anthologer's
canvas.(Hywel Williams, The Guardian)
'The funniest book in the history of the world'
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