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Bring Me Sunshine: A Windswept, Rain-Soaked, Sun-Kissed, Snow-Capped Guide To Our Weather Hardcover – 13 Sep 2012


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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown (13 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408703246
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408703243
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 3 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 337,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charlie Connelly is a bestselling author and award-winning broadcaster.

He is the author of ten books, including the bestselling 'Attention All Shipping: A Journey Round The Shipping Forecast', and 'And Did Those Feet...: Walking Through 2000 Years Of British And Irish History'.

'Attention All Shipping' is one of the biggest selling travel narratives of the past decade, was a Radio 4 Book of the Week, and the audio version was voted the second greatest audiobook of all time in a Guardian/Waterstones poll in August 2008. 'And Did Those Feet' was also a Radio 4 Book of the Week, read by Martin Freeman.

Charlie was a presenter on the BBC Holiday programme, his first film for which won the Silver Thistle Award for international broadcasting.

He co-presented the first three series of Traveller's Tree with Fi Glover for BBC Radio 4 and devised and presented the acclaimed documentary 'Noel Coward, The Poet' for the same channel. He has been a regular guest on 'Excess Baggage' and has also appeared on BBC Radio 2, RTÉ Radio 1, Newstalk 106.2 and BBC Five Live. Charlie was shortlisted for the 2008 British Guild of Travel Writers' Radio Award for his work on Traveller's Tree.

He has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Times, New Statesman, Arena, Irish Times, Sunday Times, Glasgow Herald and - much to his accountant's amusement - the Financial Times. He has also written comedy scripts for RTÉ Radio One and wrote the well-received comedy show What's The Story?, broadcast in January 2011, for the same channel.

Charlie is a popular and entertaining public speaker, having lectured at the Royal Geographical Society, sold out the Edinburgh Festival and spoken at numerous events and festivals with venues for his solo appearances ranging from a sold out Glasgow Royal Concert Hall to the Toller Porcorum Village Hall in Dorset.

He has sung Blue Moon of Kentucky live on Uzbek national television with the country's biggest pop star, is an official ambassador for a breakaway Lithuanian republic, was once hounded by the UK national press after being falsely accused of intending to invade Rockall, was presented with an honorary team shirt with his name on by the Liechtenstein national football team and has been chased across the Great Plain by Hungarian gangsters. They thought he was someone else, but fortunately he didn't notice until they were arrested.

Charlie was born and raised in London. He now lives in Dublin.

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For fans of Charlie Connelly, things have indeed turned out nice again (Spectator) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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In this funny and engaging book, Charlie Connelly sets off on the trail of our island obsession - the weather.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Uncle Barbar TOP 100 REVIEWER on 11 Sep 2012
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book. It's a fascinating, humorously written mixture of weather-related science, weather trivia and amusing weather anecdotes. I didn't know much about meteorology when I started and found myself being educated whilst I was being amused. I was interested to read that St Swithin's only claim to fame was reconstituting a few eggs. I enjoyed Connelly's wry style of writing: "After roughly 1,000,000,000 years - I think it was on a Thursday - the earth began to cool." This would make ideal reading for anyone with even a cursory interest in meteorology who also wants something entertaining the read. It would also make a good gift for trivia buffs too. It's a firm recommendation from me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bradley on 8 Dec 2012
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Now I know a great eal more about the weather.
Charlie Connelly has a neat sense of humour.
I will read more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Page on 14 Oct 2012
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I'm a fan of Mr Connelly's books and looked forward to this one being published. It's basically a series of chapters about the various components of the weather, eg wind, snow, fog etc being amongst the themes. The book is researched in detail in places, with interesting back up anecdotes about pioneers like Beaufort and Fitzroy. There were, I felt some rather weak sections where the author tried to persuade the reader about the personal influence aspects of the weather had had on him. I was surprised that the book made so little reference to events and people in "Attention All Shipping", Mr Connelly's previous book where he visits the sea areas of the Met Office forecast. Overall, I didn't find it a thrilling read, but a comfortable and generally engaging one.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ms EB on 12 Sep 2012
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I chanced upon a chapter of this book on the car radio this morning and am hooked. Lots of interesting information wrapped up in an engaging writing style which might possibly be slightly light for real weather addicts but not so that you wouldn't want to know more - so I'm off to buy it.
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Bought it for my brother for Christmas. He thoroughly enjoyed it. Have also really enjoyed Charlie Connelly's other books too.
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By Kins on 4 Mar 2014
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This book is well worth reading, it is interesting and funny in parts, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it etc etc
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By Noura on 26 Jan 2014
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I enjoy charlie connelly's writing style and his quirky approach to his subject matter. It is light and easy to read through but always entertaining. Recommended.
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By lesley gordon on 29 Nov 2013
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Bought this for my husband and he loved it - some interesting facts. I will also be reading this when I get time!
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