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Men and Models Hardcover – 1 Oct 2003

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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: New Holland Publishers Ltd (1 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843305534
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843305538
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 15 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,100,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ian Marchant wasn't born in Newhaven in East Sussex in 1958, but he often claims that he was because of his deep embarrasment about his real place of birth.
But he really did grow up there, and went to school there, and he still sees it as home, even though it quite clearly isn't, given that he lives 250 miles away in Mid-Wales.
He didn't make a living singing in bands in the late 1970's and early 1980's; nor did he become a civil engineer in the late 1980's, as he didn't have any facility for the maths. He was surprised to learn recently that he didn't graduate in the History and Philosophy of Science with a Creative Writing Minor from Lancaster University in 1992. He really did live in a caravan for many years, but he didn't share it with a chicken called Ginger, who was rather an occasional visitor.
He put his career as a novelist on hold when his second novel 'The Battle for Dole Acre',(whose title he can't pronounce),didn't really sell. He didn't know much about railways or pubs when he started writing his acclaimed travel memoirs 'Parallel Lines' and 'The Longest Crawl',(though he does now). He did stay awake for countless nights to write his latest book 'Something of the Night'. He's now not writing a new book (provisional title 'A Hero for High Times') because he's writing this instead.
He does, however, teach Creative Writing at Birmingham City University, support Brighton and Hove Albion and sing in a cheesy cabaret duo called 'Your Dad', even though he's not really your dad, unless he is.
You can read his blog, which he doesn't update enough, via his website,

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Ian Marchant is the author of the cult novels In Southern Waters and The Battle For Dole Acre, the first of which was described as being 'the funniest thing since Withnail and I', by The Big Issue. He has just completed a book on trains and trainspotting, Parallel Lines. Ian currently resides in Beaworthy, Devon.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Newbold TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 May 2014
Format: Hardcover
Ten years before Danny Baker encouraged us to Brush Up on Miniature Britain, Ian Marchant produced this guide to the men who spend an awful lot of time, and apply an awful lot of skill to produce models of all sorts, shapes and sizes, with trains, planes and cars predominating. My all time favourite is the origami man, standing there with a paper hat on his head and a menacing-looking origami scorpion on his shoulder. Turns out his beautiful models aren't for keeps - they get damp and flop after a few hours, so he gives them away. A metaphor for our existence on this mortal coil, I think. Great little book.
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