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    DescriptionDiscover Sir Ranulph Twistelton-Wykham-Fiennes's personal expedition to trace his extraordinary family through the twists and turns of history. From Charlemagne - himself a direct ancestor of the author - to the count who very nearly persuaded William the Conqueror to retreat at Hastings, many members of this unique clan have lived close to the nerve centre of the ruler of their day. They number in their ranks a murderer, a wife poisoner, a poacher, England's greatest female traveller of the 17th century, and an extortionist Lord High Treasurer, teen cousins who eloped, a noble lord hanged for manslaughter, another hanged for adultery with the King's wife, and many who, as admirals or major-generals, won famous battles. The Fiennes' behind Cromwell provided the castle in which the Parliamentarians made their first secret moves, the same building in which twenty-one successive generations of the family have lived for 600 unbroken years. One Fiennes had his head cut off by the London mob and stuck on Tower Bridge, another led the First Crusade that captured Jerusalem ...And that is just a taster. Ranulph Fiennes tells the story of his unconventional, exceptional family, and reveals the ingredients for the man described by the Guinness Book of Records as 'the world's greatest living explorer'.


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    Title
    Mad Dogs and Englishmen
    Subtitle
    An Expedition Round My Family
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sir Ranulph Fiennes
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 126 mm
    Height: 142 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 198 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781844568727
    ISBN 10: 1844568725
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.6
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBKE
    BIC subject category V2: WQY
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    BIC subject category V2: 1DBKE
    DC22: 929.20942
    Edition
    Unabridged
    Edition statement
    Unabridged
    Publisher
    Hodder & Stoughton General Division
    Imprint name
    Hodder & Stoughton Audio Books
    Publication date
    15 October 2009
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    In 2009 Sir Ranulph Fiennes became the oldest Briton to climb Everest. He was also the first man to reach both poles by surface travel and the first to cross the Antarctic Continent unsupported. In 1993 Fiennes was awarded the OBE because, on the way to breaking records, he has raised over GBP10 million for charity.
    Review quote
    A whirlwind romp through the annals of time, peopled with the good, the bad and downright mad among the Fiennes clan. Sunday Telegraph Fascinating...it is some family tree Adrian Chiles, The One Show Praise for MAD, BAD AND DANGEROUS TO KNOW - 'If you ever struggle to drag yourself out of bed on a winter's morning, pick up a copy of Ranulph Fiennes' autobiography. It's an inspiration.' Mail on Sunday 'Rip-roaringly readable' Guardian 'Even readers with a broadly low tolerance for macho heroism will find themselves gripped ... compelling' Time Out 'This is the memoir of a supreme sportsman, an uber-earthling who could show the Martians a thing or two about what the best of us can achieve' Financial Times Magazine '"Ran' epitomises British phlegm, and he puts all other glory-seekers to shame. His dry wit, self deprecation and steely determination never to feel a scrap of self-pity are in the very best tradition of British travel writing. Long may he continue tomake us glad that we are not him, while we stand in awe.' Country Life 'Rip-roaringly readable' Guardian 'Even readers with a broadly low tolerance for macho heroism will find themselves gripped ... compelling' Time Out 'It's exhausting just reading about his exploits, so it is a perfect bedtime book. It's delightful to plump up one's duck-down pillows while vicariously enduring Fiennes's successive plunges into the deadly waters of the Artcic, and his festering crotch-rot.' Helena Drysdale, New Statesman Books of the Year 'It is lively and vivid, and often exciting as we anticipate each plunge into deadly Arctic waters. There are some wonderful throwaway lines ... So, not an alien species after all but - as they say - a national treasure.' Spectator