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Erasmus Hobart and the Golden Arrow [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Fish
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Book Description

In this time-travelling romp, Andrew Fish brings a new slant to the classic legend. Erasmus Hobart is the perfect new adventurer for fans of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett.

Robin Hood was a crook! But was he as good a crook as the legends suggest? That's what Erasmus Hobart – school teacher, history fanatic, time-traveller – wants to find out. In this, his first adventure, Erasmus takes his time-travelling privy back to mediaeval Nottingham in his quest for knowledge. But with homicidal knights, amorous female outlaws and mischievous squirrels complicating his investigation, will he uncover the truth in time to get back and mark 4A's history homework?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1512 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Authonomy (6 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A61ZTWW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #499,064 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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In 1972, Andrew Fish was born in Chatham, Kent. He promptly escaped and made his way to the heart of Sherwood Forest, where he now lives as a software engineer and aspiring author. If you've got a problem and you can find him... actually, you're probably better off with the A-Team, although they're probably getting a bit old by now. There's the guys who were in the recent film version, of course, they're a few years younger, but since the film didn't really do so well they might not care to be reminded of it... But I digress.

Andrew Fish has had a long, varied, but hitherto unrewarding writing career. He started writing in his teens, mostly for pleasure, but a piece of what would now be called flash fiction entitled Exit Darwin made it onto BBC Radio Kent in the early 1990's. Since then he has had various brushes with publishing success, from an almost signed radio comedy in the early 2000's, to various attempts to get properly published throughout the last decade or so. Erasmus Hobart and the Golden Arrow is his most-frequently almost properly published book, although this may be because most of the others have never seen an agent's in-tray let alone their rejection pile.

He hopes this time it will be right, it will work and - to complete the Douglas Adams paraphrase - nobody will have to get nailed to anything.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Time Travelling Teachers! 25 Feb. 2013
By LondonS
Format:Kindle Edition
I'll be the first to admit that I know pretty much zilcho about the legend of Robin Hood and his band of merry men. What I do know is that they weren't a bunch of foxes and other such forest animals running around and having a good time conning the sheriff out of the taxes. But that's about where my knowledge ends. Pretty sad, really.

Erasmus Hobart and the Golden Arrow was a brilliant book in many respects--I learned more about the legend of Robin Hood than I originally knew before reading and the book made a very important point--history is the perception of those who write it.

Think about it... how do we know Robin Hood really stole from the rich and gave to the poor? We don't... it's someone else's legend. And that's exactly the subject matter in Fish's novel. Erasmus Hobart (I freaking love that name) goes back in time via a kitted out wooden privy (think Tardis!) to see what Robin Hood was really like. And boy is Erasmus shocked at what he finds. I won't say much more than that because I'm not one to publish spoilers, suffice to say the truth Erasmus finds is a lot more interesting than legend.

The book itself is quite clever and easy to ready, even if it's something that's been done before--and for 99p on the Kindle you really can't say no! I enjoyed the romp through Sherwood Forest with Erasmus and look forward to seeing what Fish has in store next for the kooky time travelling teacher. You can count me in as a fan if it branches into a series!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Irreverent and original 30 Jan. 2015
By StarryNight TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
What a great little story! I enjoyed reading Erasmus Hobart and the Golden Arrow, it is rather unique and had me chuckling away all the way through. Erasmus is an appealing character, a bit eccentric but nevertheless intelligent, funny and kind. Also he is a science and history teacher who just happened to figure out the greatest secret of quantum physics.

After lessons at St. Cuthbert's School, Erasmus has a penchant for travelling through time in a pre-loved and no longer needed wooden privy. After hearing that the school is making a play about Robin Hood, Erasmus' curiousity piques and he decides to see for himself what the legendary fellow was really like.

Unfortunately for Erasmus (but luckily for the reader) this trip back in time turns out to be a bit more eventful than usual. Erasmus makes a mortal enemy of Guy of Gisburne, gets put in a dungeon, and is nearly de-balled by Alice, a woman who revels in killing men.

Furthermore, he has to come to terms with the idea that Robin is not exactly a hero and is irrevocably estranged from Lady Marion, while also attempting to stop his time machine falling into the hands of the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham. Will the man 'from foreign' be able to survive long enough to back to the present day?

This book is an easy, non-taxing read and would certainly appeal to fans of Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams and just those who want a decent story! A recommended read for all. I received this book through NetGalley in order to review.
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By Annie W
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was a free download, and all the way through Chapter One I thought 'Just as well: some of the phrases are a bit stilted, and there's a bit too much word repetition', then about half way through Chapter 2 the book came alive, I was hooked, and went everywhere willingly (well, maybe not the tannery, nor the dungeon, although I loved its 3 rats rating) with the young history/physics teacher. Having not been at secondary school for an awfully long time now, I have to say I'd have been delighted to have had him teach me either subject; his dealings with (these pc days I daren't say 'handling of') his various pupils were skilful, and he was delightfully close to being rude to his headmaster. As for his wooden privy, his logic for its design seemed sound, even if its landings weren't always in the best possible locations.

Andrew Fish' treatment of the Robin Hood legend was refreshingly different, and I have no doubt he'll have pleased the feminists by his treatment of Maid Marian's band of outlaws, efficient, every one - although I'm not sure they'd approve of the one tidying the stones from the clearing (too reminiscent of domestic drudgery, perhaps). Robin Hood's band, however, are a different matter, while the Sheriff of Nottingham is much more astute than I remember in the legend, while poor Guy of Gisborne really suffers more than his share of calamities. The two local yokels in the inn are superb, and the incident of the lute and lyre is great fun, but best of all, even better than Maude, are the squirrels...

By the end of the adventure, I was a total fan of Erasmus, whose experiences have made him grow in confidence and stature, and I do hope that he'll be back for some more time travel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Erasmus Hobert 3 Feb. 2014
By Joo
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Erasmus, a physics and history teacher, has designed himself a time machine. He goes back in time to meet Robin Hood just because he can. But history back then is not the same as the stories nowadays.

This is a crackingly good romp. Robin Hood is a bit of a twonk and it is Maid Marian who wears the trousers. Erasmus keeps getting into trouble as he tries to find out the truth about Robin and undo the changes he's probably made to history.

This book has some gentle humour to it and is a nice easy entertaining read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Would benefit from editing
I'm afraid I didn't finish this book. As a fan of time-travel stories I thought the premise interesting. Read more
Published 3 months ago by forlang
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun
You know it was really good. Sometimes could get a little exasperated with the main character but a good historical? fun read. Well worth a look!!!
Published 12 months ago by keith
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellently written and thought out
This is an excellent premise for a story, not just your standard time-travel stuff, and is very well written. Read more
Published 14 months ago by DAVID
4.0 out of 5 stars Is this intended to be a children's book?
Although I quite enjoyed reading this book about a time travelling teacher, its literary merits are somewhat limited. Read more
Published 18 months ago by D. Howlett
5.0 out of 5 stars A great., light-hearted
I really enjoyed this book - quite unusually for me, it had me chuckling out loud. The idea of time travel is taken in a fun way and applied to Robin Hood's times in a novel way. Read more
Published 18 months ago by A. TAYLOR
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable - some minor spoilers below
This had some interesting historical references that had me reaching for Google and it was an entertaining, easy read with some humour That said I felt much of this book was... Read more
Published 19 months ago by ValinKent
4.0 out of 5 stars like squirrel, like novel..
Great book, intelligent and witty- jumps around a bit (like the titular character) but really very fun to read and well written.
Published 20 months ago by E. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
Absolutely loved it.
Great sense of humour, great story. Very likeable characters.
The beginning had me chuckling constantly then blossomed into a a full blown... Read more
Published 20 months ago by bb
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun and light-hearted
Erasmus Hobart and the Golden Arrow is a relatively short novel at 212 pages, but it is quite entertaining for all of them. Read more
Published on 18 May 2013 by W.M.M. van der Salm-Pallada
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly inspiring and funny
This is a good fast read full of funny and thought-provoking pages. It reminds me of "The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England", which so wonderfully draws you in to a... Read more
Published on 28 Feb. 2013 by Patrik
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