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"I was born near Wolverhampton (hence my lifelong support for Wolverhampton Wanderers) and spent formative years in South Yorkshire and West Sussex. I live in a flat next to the River Thames in south-west London with my partner and our dog. We also have a 'Romantic poetâ€™ sort of cottage in the Hampshire countryside where I do most of my writing."
"Even if you are the sole source of a story, and you keep it under your hat, it escapes somehow, it leaks out from beneath the brim.â€™ So I wrote in my first book, Breakfast in Brighton. Telling stories - and sometimes making them happen - is what I have done in a variety of forms since my first published newspaper feature 20 years ago. I have written four books, including the bestselling travelogue Breakfast in Brighton and the critically acclaimed novel for teenagers, The Wrong Hands."
The Daily Telegraph is known for commissioning `proper' pieces of travel writing by distinguished writers, as well as wonderfully maverick motoring pieces such as Get Your Kicks on the A66, about driving a Mini Cooper from Middlesbrough to Workington or The Run to the Sun, a chaotic odyssey of Vintage VW Camper Vans down the M4 to Newquay on an annual surfing pilgrimage. Featuring the very best of these travel and motoring articles, TheOpen Road is a fascinating anthology of beautifully written pieces chronicling life-changing moments in motoring, such as the day the first section of Britain's first motorway (the M1) opened and the futuristic wonder of driving along it; or what it was like the day the Berlin Wall came down and it was suddenly possible to drive your battered little Trabant out of East into West Germany. Among other stories, the first London-to-Brighton vintage car run, and the first relief convoy to reach an embattled community isolated by a distant war might be featured within this wonderful selection of prose. With contributors as diverse as Gavin Young to Jeremy Clarkson, Open Road has something for everyone who has ever dreamed of the freedom four wheels and a mix tape can afford.
Edward Thring features prominently in all the educational histories of his period, and is seen as the foremost figure in independent schools in the generation after the famous Dr. Thomas Arnold of Rugby. This book draws on new material and letters discovered in an archive. And archive it was assumed had perished in a fire; it shows just how ground-breaking his reforms really were; how sound or otherwise his methods of financing Uppingham were, and why he polarized people between passionate supporters and strong opponents. This biography also includes the bitter battle over who should be his literary executor.
Fourteen-year-old Graham Sinclair was born with huge, strange hands. He was also born with a secret. The only time he ever told someone his secret, it got him into big trouble. So he wont be telling anyone ever againor so he thinks. In this suspenseful and magical debut novel, Graham finds his life suddenly, thrillingly complicatedand his secret harder and harder to conceal.From the Hardcover edition.
After the Public Heath Acts of 1872 and 1875, British local authorities bore statutory obligations to carry out sanitary improvements. Richardson explores public health strategy and central-local government relations during the mid-nineteenth-century, using the experience of Uppingham, England, as a micro-historical case study. Uppingham is a small (and unusually well-documented) market town which contains a boarding school. Despite legal changes enforcing sanitary reform, the town was hit three times by typhoid in 1875aEURO 1876. Richardson examines the conduct of those involved in town and school, the economic dependence of the former on the latter, and the opposition to higher rates to pay for sanitary improvement by a local ratepayer shopocracy. He compares the sanitary state of the community with others nearby, and Uppingham School with comparable schools of that era. Improvement was often determined by business considerations rather than medical judgments, and local personalities and events frequently drove national policy in practice. This study illuminates wider themes in Victorian public medicine, including the difficulty of diagnosing typhoid before breakthroughs in bacteriological research, the problems local officialdom faced in implementing reform, and the length of time it took London ideas and practice to filter into rural areas.
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