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I Never Knew That About England [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Christopher Winn
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Book Description

4 Sep 2008

This delightful guide to England, organised county by county, is now published in lavishly illustrated format. Alongside the charming black and white drawings of the original edition now sit gorgeous colour photographs of rolling hills, famous monuments and hidden treasures, plus quirky posters from a bygone age.

Crammed with interesting facts and enthralling stories, Christopher Winn once again takes us on a journey round England, celebrating the people and places that make up the country - from history, legends and firsts to birthplaces and gossip. From Oakley Court in Berkshire, which served as the headquarters of French resistance during WW2, to Burghley House in Northamptonshire which grew the first tomatoes in Britain and north to Ripon, Britain's oldest city, this book offers a spellbinding insight into England, its people and its history.


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; Illustrated edition edition (4 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091927919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091927912
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 349,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Christopher Winn's first book was the bestselling I Never Knew That About England. Volumes on Ireland, Scotland, Wales and London followed and he has recently published books on the English, Scottish and Irish, alongside an illustrated edition of I Never Knew That About England. A freelance writer and collector of trivia for over 20 years, he has worked with Terry Wogan and Jonathan Ross and sets quiz questions for television as well as for the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph. He is also the Associate Producer for a TV series by ITV on Great Britain, airing in 2014. He is married to artist Mai Osawa, who illustrates all the books in the series. His website is http://www.i-never-knew-that.com.

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Gorgeously illustrated edition of the runaway bestseller I Never Knew That About England

About the Author

Christopher Winn's first book was the bestselling I Never Knew That About England. Volumes on Ireland, Scotland, Wales, London, the English, Irish and Scottish followed and he has recently published books on the Lake District, Yorkshire and the River Thames alongside an illustrated edition of I Never Knew That About England. A freelance writer and collector of trivia for over 20 years, he has worked with Terry Wogan and Jonathan Ross and sets quiz questions for television as well as for the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph. He is married to artist Mai Osawa, who illustrates all the books in the series. His website is www.i-never-knew-that.com.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Hardback is worth the extra 8 Mar 2009
By G. HUNT
Format:Hardcover
I first saw this book in my local bookstore. I really enjoyed flicking through it, particularly my local area and other areas in England I thought I knew well. It has lot's of interesting facts that trivia buffs and those who love local history will enjoy. When i checked it out on amazon i decided to go for the hardback as it is illustrated with lot's of nice photos which add a lot to the paperback version. If you are traveling anywhere in England this is also a really useful reference book. I hope they bring out a similar hardback for Scotland and Wales.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i never knew that 10 Feb 2012
By jo9999
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
arrived well on time in good condition. I gave it as a present and the recipient is very pleased and reading it avidly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I never knew this about England 8 July 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I am frequently amazed by the number of books about the country that I live in and sometimes I can be disappointed with the contents and detail.This one does not disappoint. It does not pretend to be a guide to a county but highlights unusual features or incidents which have occurred there. Some of the incidents are such that most of us would not know of them - they are almost folk lore.

An interesting book: ideal for the coffe table or in the car or caravan, to browse through as you plan your itinerary
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13 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Yet more errors 19 Nov 2008
By TT
Format:Hardcover
Along with G Meehan I find the errors irritating having found two more in the first 24 pages.
One is often repeated and may be considered trivial by many - the line from Gray's Elegy (page 18)
The lowing herd winds slowly o'er the lea,
True, several websites print this version but they may well be just
copies of other sites.
Reputable poetry sites and Oxford University's Gray archive print the version that also appears in the Oxford Book of English Verse:
The lowing herd wind slowly o'er the lea,

Yes, it does seem odd, but if that's what Gray wrote, that's what should appear.
The editors at the publishers, if not the author, should be capable of spotting this.

A far less trivial error is the statment on page 21 that Terry Pratchett was born in 1945.
If so,why did he and thousands of his fans wait until 2008 to celebrate his 60th birthday?
His being 63 all of a sudden is certainly something I never knew about England.
Haven't gone any further than page 24 but fear the worst if I do. With basic errors such as this how can we trust any statement in the book without looking it up?
Despite the celebrity commendations, think twice before buying.I'm thinking of returning it.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I never knew that about England 20 Feb 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Recycled the book as it was badly stained with water on the cover and the back and front boards were badly damaged
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