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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Paradise Circus (12 Dec. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782803998
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782803997
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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Five years ago, during an ill-fated soiree into the world of stand up comedy, I did a routine about Birmingham and the things it had given the world. I blathered on about Brylcreem and microwave ovens, the Football League and plastic, but the crowd in that tiny pub in Cradley Heath just weren't ready for the truth. Being a largely terrible set probably didn't help, either, but luckily, five years on, Craig Hamilton, Jon 'Bounds' Bounder and Jon 'Hickman' Et Al have released the astonishingly funny, informative, and true story of 101 things Birmingham has blessed the world with.

From going to the pictures to Batman, eugenics to karaoke, you'll marvel at just how ace and inventive the Brummie race are. Some bloke called Stewart Lee (he co-created David Brent, or something) has written a foreword that will make you cry, make you think, make you realise how ace the city was, is, and will continue to be.
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What I think is best described as "creative non-fiction". It's funny. It's also educative, although - thankfully - not in a GCSE kind of way. It's disrespectfully respectful (I think). It should be bought. It should be exported.
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Fantastic book for all lovers of humour, pub quiz facts, or just Birmingham itself, although being a Brummie is not a prerequisite for enjoyment of 101 Things Birmingham Gave the World.

Buy a copy for yourself, one for your nan, and another for your milkman. Even when you get funny looks from laughing out loud while reading it on the train, you still won't regret it.

Long live Birmingham. Bab.
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Tho' a dedicated proper scouser by birth I now live in city centre Brum and perfectly happily. But even if I didn't I'd still recommend this entertaining perspective on just some of the important stuff this great city has (apparently) offered the world. To be honest I bought it part out of pity! I once stocked these guys magazines in my coffee shop, can't remember the over-clever title now, but they all got nicked by dodgy punters - never sold a single one! Luckily, they were clearly too dedicated to the 'artistic life' to have bothered popping by again for the cash. Buying this thing seems a reasonable way of atoning! But I sold the shop anyway, so if they want the cash now they can kiss my ... and I like Stewart Lee and The Fall and Ted Chippington, whatever, but he needs to get with the modern music scene. The guys stuck in a '80s Star Trek transporter.
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Buy this book! It is irreverent, informative and laugh-out-loud hilarious. I haven't lived in Brum for 35 years; but saw this book take wing through a kickstarter campaign. I now have my copy half way around the world; and it was worth the wait. Now I'm remembering things about all these places from my past. Good Lord, I think I might even miss the accent.
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A really interesting collection of various anecdotes (usually based on facts) that link Birmingham to many great things in modern life.

Sometimes the link is rather tenuous, but what the hell! Definitely an entertaining read, whether you're a brummie or not.
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I always knew I was surrounded by greatness here in Brum but I couldn't quite put my finger on it. This book codifies the massive contribution of Birmingham to the world and I am thankful for it. The book I mean.
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A good Book and humorous but factual look at people and their inventions from Birmingham, UK (The people that invented the Industrial Revolution)
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