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In search of the English eccentric

Author: Henry Hemming
Publisher: London : John Murray, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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On his entertaining and thought-provoking quest to discover the most eccentric English person alive today, Henry Hemming unearths a surprisingly large array of unusual and inspiring characters. Together they take him back to the moment in English history when the eccentric first appeared, and by so doing allow a new understanding of what it is to be English. He asks what it is to be an eccentric. Is it simply to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hemming, Henry, 1979-
In search of the English eccentric.
London : John Murray, 2008
(OCoLC)649342135
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Henry Hemming
ISBN: 9780719522123 0719522129
OCLC Number: 214307429
Description: xi, 320 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Pt. 1. Setting Out --
1. The Whale-Shaped Hedge --
2. The Boy Who Never Grew Up --
3. Possession Obsession --
4. The Scientific Study --
5. Too Much Love --
6. The Man Who Fakes Fakes --
7. Look at Me --
8. It's Funny Because It's True --
9. The Aristocratic Eccentric --
10. The New Aristocracy --
Pt. 2. Crossing the Line --
11. Behind Closed Doors --
12. The Dissident --
13. Sectioned --
14. Once Were Witches --
Pt. 3. Islomania --
15. Man an Island --
16. The King --
Pt. 4. The Root of Change --
17. Creativity --
18. The Cult of the Artist --
19. The Inventor --
20. The End.
Responsibility: Henry Hemming.

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A witty anthropological journey in search of the quintessential English eccentric.  Read more...

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'A lovely, heartfelt paean to English eccentrics, by a member of the tribe. A funny, timely and moving encounter with a dying breed.' -- Jon Ronson 'Hemming keeps up a stream of comic patter' -- Read more...

 
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