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An Audience With An Elephant: And Other Encounters On The Eccentric Side
by Byron Rogers
An Audience with an Elephant should appeal to any travel writing fan who has enjoyed Tony Hawks' quest to play tennis with the Moldovans and Pete McCarthy's bar - but here is no manufactured, factitious wackiness: rather a quest for genuine, magnificent eccentricity - and all without ever leaving Britain. Rogers' travels take him to Great Yarmouth, to find the only giant t ...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Aurum Press
(first published January 1st 2003)
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This is a collection of short essays by Welsh journalist Byron Rogers, previously published in various British newspapers and magazines up through the 1990's. In the foreword he bemoans the modern obsession with celebrity and has made a point of gathering stories of ordinary people (although he apparently couldn't resist including a piece on his five-year stint as a speech writer for a melancholy Prince Charles). The essays are quaint and amusing when they're not melancholy, and are interesting ...more
Talk about random good finds! I found this while meandering in a library. It sounded interesting, and I was feeling adventurous, so I signed it out and I am so very glad I did! It's a collection of articles by a Welsh writer with a great sense of humour and a talent for spinning tales out of seemingly ordinary things.
Byron Rogers is a Welsh journalist, essayist and biographer. In August, 2007 the University of Edinburgh awarded him the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for the best biography published in the previous year, for The Man Who Went Into the West: The Life of RS Thomas. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, said of the book: "Byron Rogers's lively and affectionate biography is unexpectedly, ev ...moreMore about Byron Rogers...