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Willie Donaldson's Rogues, Villains and Eccentrics By William Donaldson

Willie Donaldson's Rogues, Villains and Eccentrics by William Donaldson

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Summary

The final book by the late, great Willie Donaldson is an impressive line-up of nefarious and idiosyncratic characters past and present. Its encyclopedic entries provide an eyebrow-raising guide to the extraordinary lives of roguish Britons from Emma Hamilton to Ozzy Osbourne, Margaret "Mother" Clap to the Duke of Edinburgh.

Willie Donaldson's Rogues, Villains and Eccentrics Summary

Willie Donaldson's Rogues, Villains and Eccentrics: An A-Z of Roguish Britons Through the Ages by William Donaldson

The final book by the late, great Willie Donaldson is an impressive line-up of nefarious and idiosyncratic characters past and present. Its encyclopedic entries provide an eyebrow-raising guide to the extraordinary lives of roguish Britons from Emma Hamilton to Ozzy Osbourne, Margaret "Mother" Clap to the Duke of Edinburgh.

Willie Donaldson's Rogues, Villains and Eccentrics Reviews

Can reference books ever be laugh-out-loud funny? Donaldson manages it

here. The inventor of Henry Root has made an essential work of

historical biography that just happens to be the best loo book of all

time. It puts our modern obsession with celebrity into a proper

perspective. Next to 'Mad Jack' Mytton even the wildest excesses appear

rather tame and where else would you learn that Aleister Crowley

designed boomerangs as a hobby? - The QI top 10 quite interesting books by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson in The Guardian

A work of maniacal genius. The

cross-referencing alone displays a powerful talent for mischief. Such

entries as: "Jesus, believing oneself to be having carnal relations

with. See Edinburgh, Prince Philip, Duke of" and "Pygmy cannibals who

were no match for English travelling women. See Carstairs, Marion

Barbara; Kingsley, Mary", indicate the breadth of the anthologer's

canvas. - Hywel Williams, The Guardian

The comic potential of the cross-reference is, in Donaldson's steady hands, infinite ... I have not laughed so much in years. - Byron Rogers, The Spectator

About William Donaldson

Willie Donaldson led an extraordinary life by anyone s reckoning. A candidate for inclusion in this book himself under any of the three categories, he produced Beyond the Fringe, had affairs with Carly Simon and Sarah Miles in the 60s, wrote the 70s bestseller The Henry Root Letters, became a crack addict late in life and was generally an irredeemable master of bad behaviour. However, he was also regarded as the funniest writer of his generation.

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GOR001696572
9780550104960
0550104968
Willie Donaldson's Rogues, Villains and Eccentrics: An A-Z of Roguish Britons Through the Ages by William Donaldson
Used - Very Good
Paperback
John Murray Press
2008-10-24
704
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