Bright Particular Stars

    Bright Particular Stars

    A Gallery of Glorious British Eccentrics

    David McKie

    Atlantic 2011

    Hardback 368pp

    9781848872486   Product Code: 91797

    Britain is famous for its landscapes and its eccentrics: in this quirkily entertaining book, popular Guardian columnist David McKie deftly weaves the two together. He places in their natural habitats 26 obsessives, visionaries and mavericks such as the Victorian bibliomanic Sir Thomas Phillipps, who attempted to amass every book in the world in his Cotswold mansion, and composer Philip Heseltine whose hard drinking and naked motorcycling set curtains a-twitch in the Kent village of Eynsford.

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