Margrave of the Marshes

Margrave of the Marshes

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By (author) John Peel, By (author) Sheila Ravenscroft, By (author) John Ravenscroft, By (author) Alexandra Ravenscroft, By (author) Florence Ravenscroft, By (author) Thomas Ravenscroft, By (author) William Ravenscroft

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  • Publisher: Corgi Books
  • Format: Paperback | 544 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 194mm x 42mm | 399g
  • Publication date: 3 July 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0552551198
  • ISBN 13: 9780552551199
  • Sales rank: 121,840

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Through nigh-on forty years of laconic brilliance on Radio 1, a musical taste which defined a culture and his wildly popular Radio 4 show, "Home Truths", John Peel reached out to an audience that was as diverse as his record collection. He was a genuinely great Briton, beloved by millions. John's unique voice and sensibility were evident in everything he did, and nowhere is that more true than in these pages. "Margrave of the Marshes" is the astonishing book, John Peel began to write before his untimely death in October 2004, completed by the woman who knew him best, his wife Sheila. It is a unique and intimate portrait of a life, a marriage and a family which is every bit as extraordinary as the man himself - a fitting tribute to a bona fide legend.

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John Peel was born the day before the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939. His 38-year career as a radio DJ is the stuff of legend and the bands he went on to discover too numerous to mention, though David Bowie, Roxy Music, T Rex, Genesis, Joy Division, New Order, The Smiths, Radiohead and the White Stripes would do as a start. He lived in Suffolk with his wife Sheila and their children William, Thomas, Alexandra and Florence, plus various dogs and cats, until his death in October 2004.

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"Pure Peel...This magnificent book is the real thing...Essential reading" Sunday Times "As with the man himself ... there's the surprising, the cosy ... and the fascinating." GQ "A rich and technicolor life... The joy of this book comes from something more than spiky anecdotage, delicious though it is... the evocation of an age is so sharp" The Times "... Tender and acute ... underlines the one truth that Peel understood better than anyone ... [what] really mattered was the music." Independent on Sunday "Sparkling with the warmth and dry wit that made Peel nothing short of a national treasure, it's a timely reminder of a man who crossed the radio divides" Daily Mail