The Man Who Ate Bluebottles: And Other Great British Eccentrics

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Icon Books, Limited, Sep 1, 2006 - History - 223 pages
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'Catherine Caufield has shown us that eccentrics are fascinating characters ... they add to the gaiety of nations and it would be sad to see them fade away' Patrick Moore, Daily Express'A hilarious compilation ... not to be missed' Good Book Guide'Mad dogs and Englishmen, laid out for public gaze' Fortean TimesUntil he ate a bluebottle, William Buckland had always maintained that the taste of mole was the most repulsive he knew. But that was before he ate the embalmed heart of Louis XVI. William, and a hundred other colourful characters populate the pages of this amusing survey of those strange British people through the ages.

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The problem with telling stories of eccentric persons is that these folk often have a set of quirks and humorous anecdotes - and then not much more in their history. Caufield has narrowed her field to ... Read full review


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Catherine Caufield is a writer and environmentalist. She has written for the New Scientist, the London Review of Books, the New Yorker and the Guardian, and lives in West Marin, California.

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