McKie's Gazetteer: A Local History of BritainHardback
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- Publisher: ATLANTIC BOOKS
- Format: Hardback | 640 pages
- Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm x 58mm | 1,379g
- Publication date: 1 September 2008
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 184354654X
- ISBN 13: 9781843546542
- Illustrations note: integrated black & white line drawings for each letter & two colour printing throughout
- Sales rank: 1,272,882
In this unique gazetteer, David McKie has assembled a treasure trove of fascinating and unfamiliar stories of the localities and landmarks of Britain, the highlights of a lifetime exploring the byways of our country's hidden history.From Castle Dangerous in South Lanarkshire to Defiance Platform in Cornwall, from the City of Three Waters in Leicestershire and Llanthony in Monmouthshire, McKie's Gazetteer brings together the intriguing and fascinating, the enigmatic and downright bizarre from every corner of the country.McKie tells the story of the submerged medieval village of Shipden, leads the way to the only real Knockin Shop in Britain and introduces us to Sir William, the Kent Messiah, who, armed with two pistols, a sword and a bugle, claimed that he was the reincarnation of Jesus Christ before murdering the local plumber who was wielding a warrant for his arrest.The result is a book of discoveries, a pleasure to read and to dip into - to use as a basis for exploring the secrets and scandals, the characters and crimes that make Britain its own unique self.
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David McKie was deputy editor of the Guardian from 1975 to 1984 and wrote both its 'Smallweed' and 'Elsewhere' columns. His book Jabez: The Rise and Fall of the Victorian Rogue (Atlantic Books, 2004) was shortlisted for the Whitbread Biography Award and the Saga Award for Wit. Great British Bus Journeys: Travels through Unfamous Places was published by Atlantic Books in 2006.
"'I love this book, I keep dipping into it, and reading bits aloud to my friends.' Val Hennessy, Daily Mail 'A joy throughout... I wish I'd written it myself.' Tom Fort, Sunday Telegraph 'Mesmerising... the route's circuitous sweep takes in an unexpected panorama of British life and history... a delightful gallimaufry.' Nick Groom, Independent 'Superbly entertaining... Whatever other bus you miss, be sure it is not this one.' Simon Heffer, Country Life"