The results of his amazing journey are recorded in this volume, described as 'Laugh- out-loud' by Vince Cable. Here you will meet the Middlesex Advanced Rocketry Society, the Arctic Morris Dancing Club of Helsinki, and the Semi-Colon Appreciation League. You will dance with the Polynesian Islanders who worship Prince Philip as a God, cheer on a Subbuteo Football Cup Final, and knock back sake at a Stag Beetle Fight in a cellar in Old Tokyo. You’ll become lifelong friends with a Dutch Balloon Twister, get some clandestine exercise with a Hotel Bed Jumper, and enjoy a slippery handshake with the Chairman of the United Kingdom Lubricants Association…
Mysterious Clubs of centuries past are also investigated. Did you know that beggars of the eighteenth century had a Trade Union? That there was a Society of Misers?
Packed with illustrations - described as ‘illustrations’ by Newt Gingrich - 'The Bumper Book of Curious Clubs' is a joyous celebration of eccentricity, a must for all those whose lives are quite frankly rubbish if they’re not seeking out the fantastical, the obsessive, and – in the case of the Telegraph Pole Appreciation Society – the borderline unhinged.
“Makes Louis Theroux’s ‘Weird Weekends’ seem like being trapped in a sort of grey room without windows,” – Jeanette Krankie.
“A light and humorous addition to any railway journey.” – The Aga Khan.
“I bought the book thinking it was the Haynes manual for the Rover 216! Imagine my surprise and delight when I found it was the first ever compendium of the world’s most eccentric clubs!” – Cher.