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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harriman House Publishing (9 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906659257
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906659257
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 2.8 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 747,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This fascinating book is a cornucopia of amusing or nostalgia-inducing trivia about collectables. --The Mail on Sunday

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Toby Walne is an award-winning national journalist who specialises in alternative investments. A writer for the Mail on Sunday he also regularly contributes to other newspapers and is a magazine columnist. Toby was first kicked out the office more than a decade ago and told not to return until he had a story. He has rarely been back in since. In search of adventure and stories Toby has motorcycled from John O'Groats to Lands End, visited the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq, climbed up Mount Kenya and taken numerous trains through Swindon and Doncaster.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bookcase on 12 Nov. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Toby Walne's book is a conundrum, a book which might be serious, and might not, and may be both. There are signals, like the nostalgic illustrations, and the choice of proposed investment items (old toilets?), that suggest that the writer's tongue is firmly in his cheek. And yet the research and the figures propose that his feet are firmly on the ground. As an instruction book for financial investment the book might be a red-hot poker; but then perhaps no more than any other investment advice. Red-hot pokers, by the way, unlike feudal titles, koi carp and celebrity hair, are not suggested as an investment opportunity.

Starting from the proposal that nineteenth-century explorations were in part financed by the sale of collected curiosities, the book suggests ways that the sideways-thinking investor might adopt the mentality of the Victorian explorer in looking for investments to be found along the path less travelled. It outlines a number of items which may, just, still be obtainable through tortuous routes, and some which are probably to be found in most people's homes, if only we take the trouble to notice them. A dip into the darker waters of various online auction sites reveals that some of the less-likely objects of desire are still there to be snapped up, though I have yet to be offered a shrunken head, at least not from a reputable dealer, `prodigiously moustachioed' or otherwise.

My hunch is that we buy or keep stuff to create and refashion our own pasts, to tell us what we want to be, and where, in an ideal world, we would like to have come from. A handbook for building a collection, even virtual (or maybe especially virtual), may function as a skeleton museum in itself, and like the best museums, can turn us back to ourselves, as the question `What do I know?' becomes `How and why do I know that?' And anything that makes us look at how we know the world ultimately becomes an incentive to invest in ourselves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gez on 21 Jan. 2012
Format: Hardcover
The book is sub-titled as 'a handbook for the adventurous collector'. It should really be for 'the collector with a time machine'. 90% of the info is about investments that have already doubled, trebled etc over the past 10 years. Really not much use at all unless you think investing at the top of the market is a good idea (which it really isn't). I had been hoping for some ideas on unusual investments that have yet to take off or are at the start of a possible upward trend. There are a couple of clues but such material is only a tiny proportion of the book.

It's well researched, and well written. Certainly helped to pass the time. But as a guide to investment it's fairly useless I'm afraid.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ed on 11 Nov. 2009
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I thought I knew a lot about investment before I read this book but I now realise I didn't. I just knew a lot about stock markets. The author opens your eyes to possibilities that you will never have realised existed. A really good read as well as an invaluable tool for the serious investor who is prepared to look beyond the more obvious opportunities.I can't wait to get my hands on a few of those comics and teddy bears!
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