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In The Bath: Conquering the Channel in a Piece of Plumbing Paperback – 5 Jun 2008

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Preface Publishing; First Edition, First Printing edition (5 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848090250
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848090255
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,291,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In the Bath' theatre show reviews - 'A must see." (The Independent)

"Inspired lunacy...superb" (The List)

"Go and see this show now before he swims to Antigua or something." (The Scotsman (Critic's Choice))

"Quintessential English Loon returns to the fringe with a show devised whilst soaking in the bath...it's a sell-out here and the audience barely stops laughing as FitzHigham narrates jokes at an intense pace, with excited gesticulating and unlikely visual aids" (Metro (Critics Choice))

"Take a delightfully daft idea & add a delightfully posh performer and what do you have? A delightfully nice hour" (Evening Standard (Critics Choice))

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In The Bath is the true story of Tim FitzHigham's successful attempt to be the first person in history to row the English Channel in a bath.

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I have been to see Tim's Fringe shows in Edinburgh for the last few years and have always admired the eccentric challenges he has set himself from rowing a paperboat down the Thames, living as a knight in a cave, and the legendary crossing of the English Channel in a bath.

This book is his story of the latter. In parts hugely moving, but for the most part a hilarious romp hilghlighting the nonsense of anglo-franco politics, the quirks of the sea and general chaos a sea-going bath can cause.

It's a must read for 2008 and you won't be disappointed. I particular liked the annexes at the end of the book. His cocktail list is pretty spectacular! Enjoy!
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Ok I am biased as I know the Author however I held of reading it for that reason and eventually got round to it without high expectations although I had seen the live comedy show on the same subject. I was surprised by the quality of the writing, the humour, the French beaurocracy, the varieties of pain and that strange and rare quality; the spririt of adventure and unusual occurance created through the pluck, dander and idiocy of the English Gentleman. I found it thoroughly enjoyable and it makes you think 'hey maybe I should go and do something ridiculous for Queen and Country' with the result (should I survive) being an enormously good story to tell, new friends made from diverse areas and a life made richer in character and experience.
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The great British eccentric is alive and well in the form of Tim Fitzhigham! This book tells the sometimes poignant, often hilarious tale of his attempt to row from France to Tower Bridge, London in a bath. He struggles against both French and English red tape, the weather, his own inability to row, and the general problem that baths are not designed for rowing in the first place. This is an excellent piece of writing from a man I have seen perform many times during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. I thoroughly recommend both this book (and his future performances) to anyone wanting a good laugh and a highly entertaining tale.
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Having met Tim through a long-time friend of his and seeing what type of character he is, it is no real surprise that he decided to row across the Channel in a bath and then up to Tower Bridge.

That said, the incredible hardships, kindness and disasters he encountered on the way make fantastic reading, especially when seen through the eyes of the Queen's nuttiest subject.

Read this, and you'll feel the ups and downs of Tim's journey, helping him to pull every stroke, swallowing as much sea water as he has, and chatting with the seals like a natural.

Excellent book, excellent read, and well done Tim. A belter.
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