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Ben Thompson - Author

About the Author

Ben Thompson's comedy career began in the winter of 1986-7, reading a photocopied Ronnie Corbett monologue to an audience of angry students. He never performed again, but later took the opportunity to parade his ignorance of the basic principles of stagecraft in front of a national audience as comedy critic of The Independent On Sunday from 1994-97. He has also written profiles of Britain's best known comedians for The Face, GQ, The Independent, Night & Day and The Saturday Telegraph.


 

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White Tulip

White Tulip

Author: Ben Thompson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/12/2019

Gunman's Spawn

Gunman's Spawn

Author: Ben Thompson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/08/2018

Butch Cassidy's Last Campfire

Butch Cassidy's Last Campfire

Author: Ben Thompson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2017

Guts & Glory: The Vikings

Guts & Glory: The Vikings

Author: Ben Thompson Format: eBook Release Date: 09/06/2015

Ferocious raids, heroic battles, larger-than-life leaders, and courageous explorers that changed the course of human history.From battle-axe-wielding tribes plundering the greatest cities of Europe to powerful kings and queens ruling their dominions with iron fists, the Vikings were some of the most feared and fearless figures in European history. Find the bravest heroes, the most menacing villains, and unbelievably awesome facts and myths inside this action-packed overview that will amaze kids with tales of a people so incredible...it's hard to believe they were real.History buff and popular blogger Ben Thompson's lively storytelling style brings the Vikings back to life in this second book in the exhilarating Guts & Glory series!

Guts & Glory: The American Civil War

Guts & Glory: The American Civil War

Author: Ben Thompson Format: eBook Release Date: 28/10/2014

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 15.0px Calibri} History comes alive for kids like no textbook can in this epic account of the American Civil War that's perfect for history buffs and reluctant readers! Contains awesome illustrations!From courageous cavalry rides deep into enemy territory to harrowing covert missions undertaken by spies and soldiers, the events of the American Civil War were filled with daring figures and amazing feats. This exhilarating overview covers the biggest battles as well as captivating lesser-known moments to entertain kids with unbelievable (and totally true) tales of one of America's most fascinating conflicts.History buff, Civil War reenactor, and popular blogger Ben Thompson uses his extensive knowledge and vivid storytelling style to bring the Civil War to life in this first book in a thrilling new series featuring incredible people, events, and civilizations. Get ready to learn just how awesome history can be!

Badass: Ultimate Deathmatch

Badass: Ultimate Deathmatch

Author: Ben Thompson Format: eBook Release Date: 12/03/2013

Unstoppable true stories of the most hardcore showdowns, last stands, and military engagements of all time! When only one can live, its an Ultimate Deathmatch!This aint no table tennis. Youre not here to skip rope with your niece. Youre here to witness the catastrophically awesome exploits of historys greatest badasses. Not only that, youre here to see what happens when badasses collide, when glory and doom hang in the balance, when two men enter one man leaves. If you dare listen, youll hear the stories of . . .Cyrus the GreatThe king who forged the Persian Empire with blood, steel, and a few thousand rampaging camelsSt. Moses the BlackThe Patron Saint of Asskickings, who taught bandit thugs a lesson in turning the other cheekThe War of AracauThe only successful indigenous resistance to Spanish colonization, led by a Mapuche warrior who strapped blades to his arms after the conquistadors sawed off his handsThe Rani of JhansiThe Indian warrior princess who took on the British crown with a sword in each hand and her baby strapped to her backTango Mike-MikeOne lone Green Beret single-handedly rescues an entire Special Forces squad from a pinned-down position deep behind enemy lines in CambodiaThe Charge of the Australian Light HorseEight hundred horsemen armed with bayonets embark on the last great cavalry charge in history, rushing toward trenches filled with machine guns, rifles, and huge bullets

Screen Acting in China

Screen Acting in China

Author: Ben Thompson Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2013

Ben Thompson went to China at the age of 50 to study Mandarin. He soon found himself drawn into the world of TV and film acting. He stayed for over 10 years and took part in more than 70 television series and films. This book is intended for anyone going to China who might want to try some screen acting, including actors and drama school graduates considering making a career move in that direction.

Badass: The Birth of a Legend

Badass: The Birth of a Legend

Author: Ben Thompson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2011

Since the beginning of human history people have created myths, tall tales, and super- and anti-heroes. They've told stories of men and women who embarked on intrepid adventures, performed extraordinary feats of unparalleled awesomeness, and overcame all odds to violently smite their foes. In Badass: The Birth of a Legend , Ben Thompson compiles all of these fantastical tales from the beginning of time to today and tells them in the completely over-the-top manner in which they were intended. Whether it's Michael, the Archangel who defeated Satan, or the super-punching villain, Ivan Drago, whose epic battle with Rocky Balboa was immortalized on the silver screen, these timeless legends are so totally insane they'll blow your hair to the back of the auditorium and leave you wondering what the heck just happened. This title includes profiles such as: Rama (half-god warrior who rescued his wife by killing a giant monster); Samson (Biblical strongman); Beowulf (hero who slaughtered Grendel and his mother); Bradamante (medieval Italian warrior princess); Dirty Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood's iconic tough-guy cop); The Joker (crazy evil psychotic clown who torments Gotham City); Moby Dick (carnivorous white whale who kills all who attempt to hunt him down); Frankenstein's Monster (heartless serial killer who dedicates his life to annihilating his creator); and, the Predator (badass movie monster equipped with awesome sci-fi hardware).

Badass

Badass

Author: Ben Thompson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2010

Bringing historical events to life with its laugh-out-loud stories and striking illustrations, Badass chronicles the asskicking age of antiquity to the fearless modern era in chapters that include the stories of: Ramses II - the greatest of the Egyptian Pharaohs, who once said look upon my works, ye mighty, and despair; Alexander the Great - Macedonian King who conquered the entire known world before his 33rd birthday; Blackbeard - the most feared cutthroat to ever sail the Caribbean; and, Bhanbhagta Gurung - Gurkha soldier who cleared out six enemy positions with grenades, a knife, and a healthy disregard for his own safety. From Julius Caesar and Genghis Khan to Bruce Lee and George S. Patton, this relentless onslaught of badassitude is the perfect addition to the canon of manliness that includes The Truth About Chuck Norris and The Alphabet of Manliness .

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