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101 Extraordinary Investments: Curious, Unusual and Bizarre Ways to Make Money - A handbook for the adventurous collector [Hardcover]

Toby Walne
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9 Nov 2009
'101 Extraordinary Investments' is a fascinating exploration of curious and unusual ways to make money. Inspired by the great adventurers of the Victorian era, who hunted for everything from orchids to shrunken heads, this book keeps the spirit alive with its own modern twist on collectables. A full range of subjects is covered, from superhero comics, toy robots and magic tricks to cigars, celebrity hair, feudal titles and pedigree pigs; plus a fresh look at classic alternatives such as wine, stamps, cigarette cards and books. We share these investment secrets for the very first time, along with other exciting discoveries for the modern fortune-hunter. Each topic is covered in a comprehensive and entertaining manner, providing subject insight as well as practical investment guidance including cash returns, contact information and essential trading tips. Investing need not be a bore, nor a gamble made by overpaid men in pinstriped suits. Join us and celebrate the derring-do spirit of adventure, as we share in 101 fun and fascinating money-making opportunities.

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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: 22.5 x 16.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 652,917 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

About the Author

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Most curious 12 Nov 2009
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Book and a quick read! 17 Jan 2010
This a fun book to have a quick gawk at. It opens the reader to a wealth of possibilities on making a bit of money collecting the right things. An interesting read to kill an afternoon with! Very suitable as a gift book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Xmas present! 7 Dec 2009
By Penny L
At last, a finance book that entertains as well as informs. Why investment books need to be rather dull affairs with lots of dry statistics I do not know. A fun read but with plenty of practical advice on original money making ideas. Now looking forward to making my fortune on celebrity hair and pedigree pigs.
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