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The Dangerous Book for Boys [Hardcover]

Conn Iggulden , Hal Iggulden
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Book Description

5 Jun 2006

If ever there were a book to make you switch off your television set, The Dangerous Book for Boys is it.

How many other books will help you thrash someone at conkers, race your own go-cart, and identify the best quotations from Shakespeare? The Dangerous Book for Boys gives you facts and figures at your fingertips – swot up on the solar system, learn about famous battles and read inspiring stories of incredible courage and bravery. Teach your old dog new tricks. Make a pinhole camera. Understand the laws of cricket. There's a whole world out there: with this book, anyone can get out and explore it.

The Dangerous Book for Boys is written with the verve and passion that readers of Conn Iggulden's number one bestselling novels have come to expect. This book, his first non-fiction work, has been written with his brother as a celebration of the long summers of their youth and as a compendium of information so vital to men of all ages. Lavishly designed and fully illustrated in colour and black and white throughout, it's set to be a perfect gift for Father's Day and beyond.

Chapters in The Dangerous Book for Boys include: The Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, Conkers, Laws of Football, Dinosaurs, Fishing, Juggling, Timers and Tripwires, Kings and Queens, Famous Battles, Spies, Making Crystals, Insects and Spiders, Astronomy, Girls, The Golden Age of Piracy, Secret Inks, Patron Saints of Britain, Skimming Stones, Dog Tricks, Making a Periscope, Coin Tricks, Marbles, Artillery, The Origin of Words and The Solar System.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; FIRST EDITION edition (5 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007232748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007232741
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 25.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in London, Conn Iggulden read English at London University and worked as a teacher for seven years before becoming a full-time writer. Married with three children, he lives in Hertfordshire. Since publication of 'The Gates of Rome', Conn has written a further thirteen books including the wildly successful 'The Dangerous Book for Boys'.

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Praise for ‘The Dangerous Book for Boys'

‘The perfect handbook for boys and dads.' Daily Telegraph

'Full of tips on how to annoy your parents'. Evening Standard

'An old-fashioned compendium of information on items such as making catapults and knot-tying…the end of the PlayStation may have been signalled.' The Times

'Just William would be proud. A new book teaching boys old-fashioned risky pursuits…has become a surprise bestseller.' Daily Mail

'If you want to know how to make crystals, master NATO's phonetic alphabet…and build a workbench, look no further.' Time Out

About the Author

Born in London, Conn Iggulden read English at London University and worked as a teacher for seven years before becoming a full-time writer. He lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and children. Conn Iggulden is the author of the number one bestselling Emperor series. Hal Iggulden was born in 1972. He lives in Leicester and is a theatre director with a love of astronomy, gadgets, dogs and football.

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Class Olden Days Enjoyment 31 July 2006
By Scully Bloke VINE VOICE
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Yes its a brilliant book for boys aged 8 to 80. Im 47 and I enjoyed it tremendously. When I was 10 I remember building a go-cart exactly like the one described. So for older boys it brings back great memories when you could play outside all day without the worry of modern problems.

Its packed with things that you learnt as a child and forgot (like cloud formations, making a paper boat, learning about insects and tress), or should have learnt as child (famous adventurers, famous battles).

There is also a great list of recommended books that "every boy should read". Many of them I have read and the ones that I havent, I am making sure that I do !

The fabulous hard cover means the book will last for years. Its a book that should have been passed down from generation to generation, and now it will be.

First Class olden days enjoyment.
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97 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Fun 12 Aug 2006
I have to write, primarily to disagree with Mr Mitchell.

This may not be the greatest book ever, but it fills a huge hole, and I for one look forward to Volume II.

I and a friend, when we were about 10, made a go-kart just like that described, and the paper aeroplane detailed in this book comfortably beats my previous "favourite design", (gleaned from a Rupert Annual many years ago). You learn something every day.

It's a great book and while learning bits of Shakespeare won't be to everyone's taste, there will be something - many things in fact - that WILL be to everyone's taste. I bought my copy on impulse in a book shop for 18.99, I'm here buying another for the 50+ year-old friend with whom I built the go-kart all those years ago! :-)

If you have kids, or grandchildren, or godchildren (or simply remember being one yourself) buy it!

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff, Whizzo 7 July 2006
By J. Chippindale TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I must have missed something along the way regarding the title of the book, and I certainly do not think it is the best choice, but that aside the book is a wealth of vital information for boys, young and old.

It is the type of book that William Brown (Just William) and his gang would have had hidden under the bed, or under a pile of dry leaves in the den.

It is full of vital information, stories of incredible courage, acts of bravery, the best places to capture your very own pirate. How to make a camera, even information about girls. There is information about dinosaurs, fishing (an essential pastime), even how to make crystals. All the things a young man needs to know about.

If you once owned a penknife with a special tool to take stones out of horses hooves, then this book is essential for you. And if you didn't well read it anyway, you will have lots of fun doing so.
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104 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Dangerous' by name, dangrous by nature! 4 Dec 2006
I was browsing my local bookshop when this gorgeous bookcover caught my eye. I picked it up flicked through it and realised that it was the perfect gift for my son's 11th birthday.

Now my son is one of those little boys for whom the only Tv channels begin with the words 'Discovery' or 'History', and whose interests could largely be summed up as 'sharp, pointy things'(historical men with big knives and extinct animals with big teeth.) He is also very creative;he spends hours drawing or building things - ballistae out of toothpicks, rafts out of twigs, castles out of cereal boxes, toilet roll holders and sticky back plastic. And this is where the 'Dangerous' bit comes in.

Not only have I had to haul off down to the dump to find him old pram wheels to make is own go-kart, he is now fully equiped to make is own bow and arrows. Which it transpires are even more effective that a coathanger and a 'laccy band... then there's the catapults and the tripwires.

I am also in danger of going deaf as I am constantly regaled with historical trivia about the British Monarchy, famous battles, astronomy,cricket and rugby, insects, the solar system, the Ten Commandments, clouds, light, trees, pirates, chess and the world in general (although I have to admit that this is only marginally worse since the arrival of the book).

So far I've managed to keep him from making fire-proof cloth (because he'll want to test it afterwards), and I think I've convinced him that you can't build a damn great tree-house in a ten-foot Elder tree, but I havn't managed to stop him taking his siblings pocket money since he learnt how to play Poker.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Buy 19 Dec 2006
like G. Sexton says below this is just an abridged encloypedia for boys, but that isn't a bad thing in my book

I found it full of useful info like: latin phrases every boy should know, the rules of cricket, the seven wonders of world (both old and modern), and great historical battles

it's a great gift for a youngster (or 30 year old - in my case)
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dangerous book for Boys !! 11 Aug 2006
By Lilium
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Well, what can I say except "WOW!" I bought this book for my husband, purely as a 'joke' gift, and at the time, there were no reviews to read, so I bought this book purely because of its title.

My husband loves this book, as does my father, when visiting today, couldn't put it down, so I sent him home with the promise that I'd buy him one also.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Very very very good book for my kids to support them in learning. Effective aid in learning process! Makes boys more adventurous!Thank you!
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Aj Dudzinski
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent gift for the "boy" in your life
I've brought a copy of this for every man in my life and without exception they all love it. The information inside is great, loads of ideas of things to do that may never get done... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. Carole Batchelor
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I've browse through in ages
Bought this for my brother, but I, a mere girl, found it interesting. It isn't a cover to cover read, but a dip into when you're bored book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by MAllin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great seller
It really was like new and my nine year old has learnt that you get more to buy, with the pocket money you have.
A life- lesson indeed!
Published 5 months ago by Louise
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book, not just for boys
Not sure how "dangerous" it is, really, but it certainly is excellent. All our family use it - it's great as a reference tool as well as for inspiration of things to do. Read more
Published 6 months ago by veej
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book and Lots of fun
I saw this book some time ago and started reading it and couldnt put it down.

I eventually got my own copy and have started where i left off, I advise people who want to... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jonty Richards
4.0 out of 5 stars just as expected
this site is utterly amazing.
they advertise it, then I pay for it.
then it is delivered to me .
the product was exactly what I expected.
Published 8 months ago by david eckley
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a gift
Excellent book - BUT what a shame that the sticky label haphazardly placed on the back of the book showing price and bar code has been so difficult to remove and has left a very... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Suzi Bull
5.0 out of 5 stars Present for a boy
A perfect book as a present for my eleven year old grandson - so many different and interesting topics to satisfy a typical boy of that age, and gets him away from his notepad!!
Published 8 months ago by Crad Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Too bad I did not have this as a child
But .... then I am still a child at mind. So for all out there that are still young at mind, this book is a must have !
Published 8 months ago by Samuel
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