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Noel Botham , Bruce Montague
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6 Nov 2014 Useless Information
If you have ever wanted to know more about the fascinating history of Britain's Royal Family, then look no further: The Book of Royal Useless Information is jam-packed with surprising, shocking and hilarious facts. DID YOU KNOW? King Richard the Lionheart was gay. Charles I liked to place his 18-inch court dwarf between half-loaves of bread and pretend to eat him. Elizabeth I said she bathed once every three months whether she needed it or not. Henry VII was the last English king to win his throne on the field of battle. The Queen uses black blotting paper so people can't see what she's written. Wallis Simpson admonished her lover, Edward VIII, with the joke: 'You can't abdicate and eat it.' Bestselling authors Noel Botham and Bruce Montague irreverently present everything you could ever possibly want to know about the Royals - and a little bit more! So raise the Union Flag, feed the corgis, make yourself a nice cup of tea, and enjoy this truly mind-boggling collection of totally useless information.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Metro Books (6 Nov 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178418022X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1784180225
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 15 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,042,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Born in York and educated at Dulwich College, Noel Botham had a long and distinguised career as a national newspaper journalist before becoming a full-time author. He was a crime and parliamentary reporter and war correspondent covering several major conflicts before becoming an editor. Now a New York Times number 1 bestselling author, he has written more than 30 books and is published in more than 40 countries. His book The Murder of Princess Diana was an international bestseller and became a successful film. He has also featured in many major television documentaries. He lives with his wife, Lesley, in London and Hove. Together they own London's most famous Bohemian bar and restuarant, The French House, in Soho. Bruce Montague trained at RADA and achieved rapid leading man status in the theatre. In his early twenties he starred in a round the world tour with Vivien Leigh. He has appeared in over 300 television productions but is probably best known for his five-year run in the popular BBC sit-com Butterflies as Wendy Craig's secret lover, Leonard. More recently he has returned to the theatre, starring in Fiddler on the Roof as Topal at the Palladium, Oliver, (three years), and Phantom of the Opera, (two years). He has written numerous plays and muscials for the stage and BBC, and scripts for Hollywood. He lives in Brighton with his actress wife, Barbara Latham.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Book of Royal Useless Information 1 Feb 2012
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Do you remember a book many years ago called '1066 And All That'? Irreverent and funny but all based on fact. Well, this is irreverent, totally factual and written in an easily digestible way. Some of it is laugh-aloud ridiculous. It should be on everyone's coffee table or hanging in the toilet. It's the perfect present to give to practically anyone of any age. And you can browse anywhere within it and pick up incredibly useless but fascinating facts about anything connected with the Royals - and much else - since 1066.
It'll please little Johnny and Grandma Edna. And it will last for ever.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars unfortunately littered with lies 10 Mar 2013
By AMS546
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is littered with inaccurate information and outright lies. Had to ask for a refund. Avoid at all cost.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Book of royal useless information 11 April 2013
By amber
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A bit of a fun read, not all the facts are completely accurate, would not recommend this for the serious student of the Royals and their history
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3.0 out of 5 stars too in depth 15 Feb 2013
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The recent monarchy was very interesting but when you discover they go to many era's that were brutal it loses the
interest. Unless you wish to study the Plantagent and other earlier monarchies then it is really boring, not to many the torture very explicit and not conducive to a good sleep. I deleted the book after reading these chapters
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4.0 out of 5 stars great fun read 17 April 2012
By gt
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This book will make you chuckle and gives a great insight to sometimes wierd world of the Royals.Will make a great present
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An historical traversty 8 Jun 2013
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I found the opening chapters quite interesting and sometimes amusing, but when I began to read statements that were totally wrong and misleading I was horrified. I did not expect it to be a work of scholarship, but I did expect as much accuracy as possible.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Riddled with errors 1 Jun 2013
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This book was great fun to read; I really enjoyed it, but as a historian I was taken aback by the sheer volume of inaccuracies - not just one or two, but many. Some are so obvious that a schoolboy (or girl) would spot them. Read it for pleasure, but not to increase your historical knowledge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most informative! 15 Dec 2013
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I certainly learnt a lot from reading this - good one to dip into now and then. Any updates on this theme would be welcomed
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Royal Facts
An interesting, easy read, good to dip in and out of. It covers a wide range of Royals from William I to our current Queen and her family. Enjoyed it very much indeed.
Published 5 days ago by Kentishbookworm
4.0 out of 5 stars Not so useless!
Interesting and very informative.
Kind of book you can pick up and put down without losing the thread, very good
Published 12 months ago by M N HIGHAM
5.0 out of 5 stars book
Good information book some information already knew some didnt recomend to people intreated in royals worth the read just for info didnt know
Published 13 months ago by Hayley Myles
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem for royalists!
Interesting info regarding current royals, and several chapters on previous kings and queens, so its a historical book as well.
Published 14 months ago by Sarah Gardner
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book
Full of tremendously interesting facts about Royalty and some quite risque, and although i have read a lot on this subject, there were facts that I hadn't heard about before I was... Read more
Published 17 months ago by alice
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Amusing
An entertaining and amusing delve into Royal Trivia - useful for quizzes. Would make a good gift for Royal followers
Published 18 months ago by Brenda
4.0 out of 5 stars very informative
The information about today's royal family was less interesting, but the historical information was brilliant. Easy to read and follow, a thorough history of England's monarchy
Published 18 months ago by Samantha Baker
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