Brewer's Rogues, Villains and Eccentrics

Brewer's Rogues, Villains and Eccentrics : An A-Z of Roguish Britons Through the Ages

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'The funniest book of the year, and quite possibly of all time' Francis Wheen, Mail on Sunday Everyone loves a rogue. Take Louis de Rougemont, pearl diver, alligator hunter and King of the Cannibals, who was allegedly shipwrecked off the coast of New Guinea and survived by clinging to the tail of the ship's dog. Or Archbishop Lancelot Blackburne, who tired of waiting for heavenly rewards and became a swashbuckling pirate, rumoured to have employed Dick Turpin as his butler. From assassins and arsonists to hell-raisers and highwaymen, plus an array of poisoners, strumpets, quacks, and forgers, BREWER'S, ROGUES, VILLAINS and ECCENTRICS is a hugely entertaining miscellany of bizarre Britons through the ages. Including the famous, infamous and downright dangerous, you couldn't ask for a better gallery of Britain's most outrageous more

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  • Paperback | 704 pages
  • 124 x 198 x 54mm | 598.75g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 64
  • 0753817918
  • 9780753817919
  • 1,115,567

About Willie Donaldson

Willie Donaldson has led an extraordinary and colourful life - from his privileged public-school eduction to an untidy lifestyle in the company of pop stars, actors, models and others. He is the author of the various volumes in the 'Henry Root' series and of numerous other humorous more

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Reading this entrancing compendium on public transport would be misguided, as the regular yaps of laughter are liable to infuriate your fellow passengers. THE GUARDIAN This is my first tip for stardom in the Christmas present league. -- DAILY RECORD 'What makes his crackpot scholarship so beguiling is the fine line between heedless heroism and shameless hedonism that wobbles through so many mini-biographies. THE INDEPENDENTshow more

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