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4.0 out of 5 stars What do you get up to when the night falls?, 7 Jan. 2012
This review is from: Something of the Night (Hardcover)
Something of the Night is a semi-autobiographical book by Ian Marchant, exploring Britain's night time activities. Each chapter investigates something different, whether it's bonfires and fireworks, life at motorway service stations, drunken nights out, Soho's ladies of the night and other goings-on under the cover of darkness.

Just a short step into the book I realised the author lives just over the hills from me, though, admittedly, "just over the hills" is still nearly an hour's journey away due to our lovely country lanes and roads. Put it this way, when you live in a county where there's more sheep than people, "local" covers quite an area!

Still, it was great to see names of local places popping up every now and then as this area generally just doesn't exist (although ex-MP Lemsip, sorry... Opik Lembit put us on the map a few years ago). Even local news has to be quite big to nudge past the North & South Wales news on the local bulletins.

Something of the Night isn't just about what Mr Marchant gets up to when it gets dark, he also provides us with some history, facts and figures along the way too. His drunken friend Neil also comes along for the journey through Something of the Night, even though he thinks Marchant's previous book was called `The Longest Mile' (It's `The Longest Crawl' - a book about a massive pub crawl!). We also get quite an insight into Ian Marchant's musical tastes (somewhat before my time though, I must admit!).

If you're after an easy read with some history and some laughs along the way, then I'd recommend giving Something of the Night a go. It's an enjoyable read.
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