15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars
Please employ a proof reader before the paperback is published, 27 Dec. 2009
This is a really enjoyable book that is full of interesting trivia. The idea of grouping the biographies by theme works well and it's interesting to read about some of the lesser known characters (to me anyway) such as Moll Cutpurse and Mary Kinglsey. However the book is badly let down by the number of errors. As others have mentioned words are repeated and names seem to change at random. For example Francis Galton is inexplicably referred to as Dalton several times on one page before reverting to Galton later on.
Overall its a fun book but the errors realy grate. Without the various errors I'd probably rate this as five stars instead of three.