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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Bodley Head (7 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0370332377
  • ISBN-13: 978-0370332376
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.9 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 201,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Hammond is internationally famous for co-presenting Top Gear over the last 4 years with Jeremy Clarkson; he also presented Brainiac: Science Abuse on Sky 1, Should I Worry About...? on BBC 1 and Time Commanders on BBC 2. His Richard Hammond's 5 O'Clock Show was shown every weekday on ITV1 during January and February 2006, and he is a team captain on the BBC2 quiz show, Petrolheads. He writes a weekly column in The Daily Mirror. His crash whilst filming for Top Gear in September 2006 made him a household name.

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"Jaunty style is balanced by a wealth of scientific and historical information . . . great fun!" (Daily Mail)

"Perfect stocking filler for all curious readers. It's funny and interesting. It's packed full of information. And it makes critical thinking fun. What more could you want?" (Bookbag)

"A fascinating book which would make a great present." (Newbury Weekly News)

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What really happened to the lost city of Atlantis? Is the Loch Ness Monster real? And what's the deal with aliens never having any hair? Find out the answers to these questions and more as one of the UK's best-loved TV personalities invites you to help him solve the world's greatest mysteries!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Claudia101 on 13 Dec. 2013
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This is a great book for all ages. If you love mysteries or not, it's still a excellent read for Richard Hammond fans. It's full of interesting facts and great to brush up on your history. Would recommend highly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kat 23 on 26 Jan. 2014
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Got this for my 9 year old son. We read it together at bedtime and both love it. I have to say that I have learnt quite a bit from reading this too!
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I received a free copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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I liked this book, it was fun and informative at the same time, but not at all heavy going. It had nice pictures and fun interesting facts. Anything that may be been difficult for younger readers was explained but not in a patronising way. It was nice how it was left up to the reader to choose what they think happened in each mystery. The descriptions of each story are in depth but quick. Mentions of similar stories pop in every now and then, which I quite like. It would make a nice book for younger readers.

4 stars out of 5.

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0% - Looks good, aimed at younger readers, as an adult, I am hoping it wills till engage my interest. (It did). There was too much, to write done about each mystery so I chose my favourite one from each section.

The Mary Celeste

It's always been one of my favourite mysteries. It would make me happy for life to know what happened to those ten people, did they somehow get hurt or make it so safety but not able or willing to contact anyone? How spooky would have it been going aboard first on a deserted ship not knowing what you would find? I liked the little bit about the flying dutchman and the story of Mutiny on the Bounty, it's a nice addition to hear about other similar stories. A cursed ship, why those passengers, not any others?

The Mary Celeste was in the Weird Waters section, other mysteries in this section was : The Lost City of Atlantis, Mythical Mermaids, The Bermuda Triangle, The Philadelphia Experiment.

The Loch Ness Monster

I am from Inverness, so I grew up hearing the story.
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