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Rat Scabies and the Holy Grail [Paperback]

Christopher Dawes
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23 May 2005
The legend of the Holy Grail is far from unknown, but this is the first time the quest has been given the punk rock treatment.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sceptre (23 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340832118
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340832110
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.4 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'More credible than the DA VINCI CODE!' -- Mark Radcliffe

'The DA VINCI CODE gets the punk rock treatment' -- The Bookseller

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Punk rock legend Rat Scabies embarks on a real life quest for the Holy Grail. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A punk angle on a century-old mystery 1 Jun 2005
So you wondered about the Grail and Rennes-le-Chateau since you've finished The Da Vinci Code? Well, how bloody difficult can it be to find an old and battered cup?
Christopher Dawes didn't necessarily want to find out, until his neighbour Rat Scabies (the drummer of The Damned, a famous punk band from England - don't you remember Eloiiiiiiise?) drags him to France and goes on to find the Grail.
"So many intelligent people have tried to find the Grail. All have failed. It's time the stupid people have a try. And that's where you and me come in." - something like this is Scabies' remark as to why they are looking for an artefact that has been chased through the ages.
With many humorous episodes, Dawes describes his adventures with Scabies in France and elsewhere. It is an entertaining read for people who already know about the topic Rennes-le-Chateau from other books, but it also is entertaining for newcomers to the subject who refrain from reading purely scientif works like "Holy Blood, Holy Grail".
You can't go wrong with this one. It's very entertaining, and also has some refreshing new ideas. For example: What kind of sex-life did Sauniere have, if any?
And if you want to know how to Build Your Own Ark of the Covenant, you should either buy the book or rip out that one page at the store.
Have fun with this one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rat Scabies and The Holy Grail 22 Aug 2005
By Agatha
For anyone who has a basic knowledge of the Rennes-le-Chateau/Holy Grail story this is absolutely brilliant with more ideas offered than many more serious books - a lot of fun and some parts of the book are downright hilarious!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PUNK ROCKER, LEGENDS, AND BLUE APPLES 29 Jan 2006
This is just a great book, very funny, especially if you're over the grand old age of 35 and was a goth in your former life as a student. The one reason I even looked at the cover was Rat's name on it - easily spotted that one. Anyhow, it's funny, interesting, insightful and gave me all sorts of subjects to look into. On one level it's about one mad punk rocker and his mate oiking around France for something to do, which is more than entertaining. The other level is finding out more about the other side of life! Great read, again and again
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boggles the Mind. 6 Sep 2009
By Simon B
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Great Fun - Dawes becomes Boswell to Scabies Johnson, and the two set off on several chaotic adventures. Dawes is concerned about his loft extension and Brentford FC, Scabies wants the Holy Grail and means to find it. Despite Dawes' frequent observations of `how did I let myself get into this' the ensuing quest is classic mayhem. From Don Quixote to the Holy Blood via Fear and Loathing, I wish I was there, Brilliant!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Tale of Two Mates 11 Aug 2006
A thoroughly enjoyable read on many levels. I knew who 'The Damned' were and had heard of Rat Scabies but for me it was the Holy Grail reference which lured me to this book. I've read a lot of Grail books, such as those by Laurence Gardiner, the old Arthurian tales of Malory, the DaVinci code and many other esoteric books. Dawes' book stands out not just for its exploration of much of the evidence, theories and places, but his panache at wrapping them up in a hearty, joyous tale of two mate's travels.

The characters go on a journey both physically, the book is a great travelogue on south west France, and spiritually, with Dawes confronting many of the questions about truth, history and mystery familiar to an explorer of the esoteric. Dawes, like many of the E-generation, has an awareness born of that culture's dancefloor epiphany's. An awareness that there is more to life than our material culture wants us to believe. That his musings, fears and hopes are explored in a hilarious and yet throught provoking way is a credit to his writing skills. This book is a fun read on so many levels that it will satisfy the dusty high-brow Grail Lorist and those looking for a feel good tale to fly away with on holiday.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a great read ! 8 Sep 2011
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This book is brilliant.
I'm a fan of the Rennes le Chateau mystery and region and spend a lot of time there, so could relate to everything in this book. I think though when people ask me "what's it all about?", this is a great book to point them to. It's such an entertaining read, you don't realise as you're going along it contains lots of the key aspects to the whole RLC enigma, and much more. It even touches on the Cathars and other apsects of the Languedoc region in France.
I touched the pillar at St Salvayre thanks to this book !
Well paced, funny, informative, thought provoking and entertaining - everyone who I have recommended it to (currently sold out on Amazon!) raves about it.
And Rat, if you are reading this, I love the way you signed the guest book in the hotel in Rennes les Bains with the odd raised letter!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rennes Le Go Go. 19 Mar 2011
By david
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About 20 years ago now I picked up a book called holy blood Holy Grail. To be honest if I realized at the time that it would lead to years of scratching my head and trying to make head or tail of geometry, I probably would not have bothered.

I bought this book simply because I tend to buy every Rennes book that comes along from the very good `web of gold' for instance to the down right batty `city of secrets' springs to mind.

So I approach every book with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. However Rat Scabies and the Holy Grail is very different from anything else on the subject.

True it doesn't actually solve anything, but then again nor do any of the other various other books on the subject.
It does however entertain on a grand scale, this is not Lancelot in search of the Holy Grail, and it's more an idiot abroad and is much better because of it.

Less geometry and more punk drummers I say. Bravo.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Like a large Martini
Long and dry. Can't complain about the amount of work the author has put into this book. I would describe his research as fairly exhaustive, and he's left no stone unturned and no... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nigel Norris
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I bought this book originally because I am interested Arthurian mythology. I was initially disappointed when I discovered it was mainly about Sauniere, Rennes le Chateau, etc. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kristi
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Wonderful!
Before I read this book I had no particular interest in the Holy Grail story, nor had I read the Da Vinci Code. Read more
Published on 19 Mar 2012 by Russell Bowden
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Very enjoyable'
Great book & well written, was introduced to it whilst fixing the authors mum's central heating [lovely lady]. Read more
Published on 7 Oct 2011 by D. S. Sample
4.0 out of 5 stars Very silly but interesting
What can I saw except it's an interesting and fun read, with Rat coming out as a true character (I always suspected that all the Damned members where much smarter than they... Read more
Published on 30 Aug 2010 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the book
This was the best book I've read in ages, couldn't put it down. Was so well written, funny, interesting I didn't want it to end.
Published on 27 Jan 2010 by Miranda Canty
5.0 out of 5 stars What a book
Fantastic read, very amusing with a considerable amount of information thrown into the blend that makes this a book that is hard to put down. How about a sequal Chris? Read more
Published on 5 Sep 2009 by Mortis
5.0 out of 5 stars Monty Python had nothing on this!
I blame my old secondary school for force feeding me literature in my impressionable youth, resulting in the sad fact that until Rat Scabies and the Holy Grail, I have only read... Read more
Published on 5 Dec 2007 by The Doctor
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I like other people picked up this book just because it said Rat Scabies on the front of it , I also did not read "the davinci code! Read more
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