- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 4815.0 KB
- Print Length: 100 pages
- Publisher: Mirador Publishing (27 Jun. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DP4QMP0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,846,666 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Julian draws the reader in with Pythonesque persuasion, (a boon if you are a Monty Python fan), and flavors with deadpan delivery such ludicrously hilarious traditions as:
Arrow Catching in the Staffordhire, Moorlands, and Matlock Bath
Hairy Legs Competition in Melton Mowbray
Spoon Balancing from Todmorden
Cirencester Duck Quacking Festival
Feather Balancing from Rye
Those are just 5 of the 40 amusing traditions listed and expounded on in the book.
The inclusion of the names of actual towns, boroughs, and villages, quaint and ancient, add an ambience to the vision of participants of such time-worn traditions gallivanting along picturesque stone-cobbled villages while in pursuit of their localities’ respective tradition.
Written with just the proper dash of believability, this is a book that will graciously transport the reader back to a simpler time, when the pace of life was slower, and opportunities for such tomfoolery were abundant.
From the publisher --- Readers will find out a lot about British humour by reading this book.
Britain has many well documented, yet strange traditions such as Bog Snorkelling, Bonfire Night, Cheese Rolling and Haxey Hood. This book describes 40 more traditions in a similar vein, all of which are less well known. Read about Turtle Rinsing in London, Arrow Catching in Staffordshire, and Animal Gambling in the Forest of Dean. Discover where a Duck Quacking contest, a Pipe Cleaner Festival, and a Thimble Throwing competition take place. Marvel at people's spitting, blowing, and digging exploits. All the stories are distinct and can be read independently; this is a book for the busy individual who has a spare five or ten minutes to discover the secrets of Biscuit Rolling.
Britain is known for being full of odd, quirky people, much more so than the US and Canada --- but that is what makes them great! These traditions make me wonder WHY some are still going on, but tradition is tradition. Interesting, to say the least!
Now, about the book. Is it character-driven? - NO. Does it have a storyline? - same answer. The usual whodunnit, plots, twists and turns et al., well, there weren't any. So what was there? Fun storytelling with a pinch of balderdash - without an ending. Just what I wanted! Needed. A pleasant diversion - escape from the regular rigmarole I've grown accustomed to. Rigmarole.
So to Julian Worker, if you'll excuse me, I must say, "pip pip, tally ho and all that rot". Thanks mate for a jolly good read!
My thanks to NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for this digital copy in exchange for an unbiased review.
A book that will have prde of place on my bookshelf. Highly amusing read!
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with the opportunity to read and review this book.
I recommended it if you want to be entertained and learn about some curious traditions at the same time