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Brewer's Rogues, Villains, & Eccentrics: An A-Z of Roguish Britons Through the Ages

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“A quirky reference treasure...this low-priced text will enhance any public or high-school library shelf and supply a bored library worker with stolen moments of delight.”—Booklist

Presenting the Hall of Shame! Both entertaining and indiscreet, this dictionary of callous cads introduces a host of wildly colorful characters. Here are assassins and arsonists, hangmen and hors
Paperback, 676 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Cassell (first published October 28th 2002)
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Neil Gaiman gave it five stars, so, like a sheep, I want to read it.
Can there be anything better than this book? Answer is no. Even the index is a highlight. Find out and google the author's real name and obits for tales of mind-boggling degeneracy - that is if your appetite hasn't already been sated by this book.
Enormously fun bedtime book to dip into and out again...
Really interesting, but far too long for a casual read. As this was a library book, I couldn't keep dipping into it - it had to go back at some point. Also worth noting that it will need updating, as the late Jimmy Savile has since been embroiled in a scandal and some of the people have died, such as George Best.
683 pages of con artists, poltroons, gangsters, witches, assassins, vegetarians, hermits, murderers and just plain wackos. What's not to like? This absolute romp of a dictionary by William Donaldson keeps most entries down to a page or two (making it excellent bathroom material),and keeps the more complex cases clear. The only problems are the writing (pedestrian - but with stories like this, who needs embellishment?)and the author's habit of disparaging movie and rock stars. Highly recommended ...more
Becca Haynes
I absolutely loved this book, it's huge but full of all of the great British eccentrics that this country has produced.
Brewer's rogues, villains & eccentrics : an A-Z of roguish Britons through the ages by William Donaldson (2002)
The "Shakespeare of toilet books"'s masterpiece. The best and most comprehensive of his A-Z funny books anyway.
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