Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Brewer's Rogues, Villains, & Eccentrics: An A-Z of Roguish Britons Through the Ages” as Want to Read:
Brewer's Rogues, Villains, & Eccentrics: An A-Z of Roguish Britons Through the Ages
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

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

4.34  ·  Rating Details ·  87 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
“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
...more
Paperback, 676 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Cassell (first published October 28th 2002)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Brewer's Rogues, Villains, & Eccentrics, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Brewer's Rogues, Villains, & Eccentrics

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Rebecca
Neil Gaiman gave it five stars, so, like a sheep, I want to read it.
Ben
Apr 30, 2013 Ben rated it it was amazing
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.
Neil
Apr 05, 2010 Neil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enormously fun bedtime book to dip into and out again...
Alexandra
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.
Sillyhuron
Mar 01, 2015 Sillyhuron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Marek Waldorf
Dec 14, 2015 Marek Waldorf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Same author as Henry Root Letters, but more fun imo.
Becca Haynes
Jan 01, 2013 Becca Haynes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book, it's huge but full of all of the great British eccentrics that this country has produced.
Caitlin
Brewer's rogues, villains & eccentrics : an A-Z of roguish Britons through the ages by William Donaldson (2002)
Mark
Aug 04, 2012 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The "Shakespeare of toilet books"'s masterpiece. The best and most comprehensive of his A-Z funny books anyway.
Neal Evenhuis
Neal Evenhuis rated it it was amazing
Sep 13, 2016
Jay Green
Jay Green rated it really liked it
Aug 29, 2016
M.majka87gmail.com
M.majka87gmail.com marked it as to-read
Aug 24, 2016
Jens Hultgren
Jens Hultgren marked it as to-read
Aug 21, 2016
mr s n abelman
mr s n abelman marked it as to-read
Aug 16, 2016
bryan lovell
bryan lovell rated it it was amazing
Aug 14, 2016
Sean Conlan
Sean Conlan marked it as to-read
Aug 09, 2016
Jenny
Jenny marked it as to-read
Aug 09, 2016
Patrick
Patrick marked it as to-read
Aug 04, 2016
Adam
Adam marked it as to-read
Jul 19, 2016
Nicolas
Nicolas marked it as to-read
Jul 14, 2016
Kyla
Kyla marked it as to-read
Jul 11, 2016
Liesl
Liesl marked it as to-read
Jul 06, 2016
Timothy Lund
Timothy Lund marked it as to-read
Jul 04, 2016
Mark
Mark marked it as to-read
Jul 03, 2016
A. Bickham
A. Bickham rated it it was amazing
Jun 21, 2016
Vanessa
Vanessa marked it as to-read
Jun 21, 2016
Fem Simms
Fem Simms marked it as to-read
Jun 13, 2016
Biblio Files
Biblio Files marked it as to-read
Jun 12, 2016
Christopher
Christopher marked it as to-read
Jun 11, 2016
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Enchanted Hunters: The Power of Stories in Childhood
  • Bees in America: How the Honey Bee Shaped a Nation
  • From Here to There and Back Again
  • Live Nude Elf
  • The Corpse Walker: Real Life Stories, China from the Bottom Up
  • A Needle in the Right Hand of God: The Norman Conquest of 1066 and the Making and Meaning of the Bayeux Tapestry
  • Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
  • You Cannot Live as I Have Lived and Not End Up Like This
  • Grand-Guignol: The French Theatre of Horror
  • The Sorcerer's House
  • Her Brilliant Career: Ten Extraordinary Women of the Fifties
  • The Order of Things: How Everything in the World Is Organized Into Hierarchies, Structures, and Pecking Orders
  • To the River: A Journey Beneath the Surface
  • Female Tars: Women Aboard Ship in the Age of Sail
  • The Lunar Men: Five Friends Whose Curiosity Changed the World
  • Schott's Almanac 2007
  • The Hooked X: Key to the Secret History of North America
  • The Grand Guignol

Share This Book