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Sultan of Zanzibar: The Bizarre World and Spectacular Hoaxes of Horace de Vere Cole

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At one time pretty much everyone knew the name of Horace de Vere Cole, the greatest practical joker ever. Importantly, there has never been a full biographer of this unusual character, because his family have, until now, denied access to his papers. Here, Martyn Downer has the full cooperation of the family.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Black Spring Press
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Ronan Mcdonnell
Apr 04, 2012 Ronan Mcdonnell rated it really liked it
This is a charming account of the life of Horace de Vere Cole, a garrulous prankster who harried Edwardian British society. Part Irish and part-English, he suffered partial deafness from childhood illness and had his greatest triumph when he and friends cajoled the Royal Navy into giving them a tour of their top-security dreadnought ships. He was masquerading as the Sultan of Zanzibar.

The book, although in turns fun and serious, is compassionate in its writing, but is let down by patchy editing
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May 19, 2015 Louise Dean rated it really liked it
Love being transported to the glory days of the Café Royal. I must get hold of a recording of Popsy Wopsy! Some people are so dam eccentric they are nuts - totally barmy. Horace was a charming nutter.
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