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Richard Happer is the author of many books including 365 Reasons to be Cheerful, 365 Reasons to be Proud to be British and 365 Reasons to be Proud to be Scottish. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife and son.
However well our boys do in the 2014 World Cup, we can be sure that English pride will be riding higher than ever. So it's time to celebrate our Englishness! Take a year-long stroll around the joys of English inventiveness, eccentricity and fighting spirit with this fascinating collection of stories, anecdotes and fun. Within these pages you'll find tales of innovative discoveries, historical victories and iconic sporting successes, one for every day of the year, all of which will make any Englishman or woman beam with pride. It's the perfect gift for English people everywhere.
Follow the D-Day landings through a unique collection of historical maps, expert commentary and dramatic photographs. This is a unique insight into the D-Day landings 75 years on. The Allied landings in Normandy on 6 June 1944 were the greatest amphibious assault in history, requiring almost two years of meticulous planning and the largest co-ordinated mapping effort the world has ever seen. More than 200 illustrations demonstrate how the D-Day landings unfolded, along with detailed descriptions of what happened on that momentous day. This collection of incredible maps uncover the events that led up to D-Day, the planning for the assault and the progress of the liberating forces afterwards. Dramatic photographs help to illustrate the key historical events that took place during Operation Overlord.
Ghost towns, empty streets, crumbling ruins and lost empires this book reveals these and other deserted places. Many places featured were once populated and now sit unoccupied, modern day ruins, sitting in decay. Stories, facts and photographs of 60 beautiful and eerie abandoned places from throughout the world. Time has stopped and nature is taking resident in these places mainly due to natural disasters, war or economic reasons. Places include: * Severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina, Six Flags Jazzland has been abandoned since. Several of the rides still stand, a testimony to the resilience of New Orleans. * Shicheng in China has been under water for 53 years since the Xin'an River Hydro Plant flooded the area. The city was founded 1,300 years ago. * Chernobyl was totally abandoned after the nearby nuclear disaster in 1986. Due to radiation, it has been left untouched ever since the incident and will be for many thousands of years into the future. Nature now rules the city in what resembles an apocalyptic movie. * Poveglia is an island in the Venetian Lagoon which under the rule of Napoleon Bonaparte became a dumping ground for plague victims and later an asylum for the mentally ill. * Plymouth was the capital of the island of Montserrat. The town was overwhelmed by volcanic eruptions starting in 1995 and was abandoned. * St Kilda a remote Scottish Island may have been permanently inhabited for at least two millennia, the population probably never exceeding 180. The entire population was evacuated in 1930.
The Forth packs more interesting historical and geographical attractions into its relatively short length than any other river in Britain. It rises on the eastern slopes of the mighty Ben Lomond, the most southerly of Scotland's Munros. It then ambles through the beautiful Trossachs, an area of scenic lochs and forests nestling amid crumpled hills which was the setting for Sir Walter Scott's epic poem The Lady of the Lake. At Stirling the river enters the pages of British history: it was here that William Wallace's army defeated England's forces in 1297. Just seventeen years later, the decisive Battle of Bannockburn took place nearby, an event that helped earn Scotland its independence. The modern-day visitor centre brings the still-extant battle site to bloody life. Stirling Castle itself is the largest in Scotland and one of the country's most historic. It guards what was for centuries the furthest downstream crossing of the river and was a vital nexus between highland and lowland, east and west. Several Scottish kings and queens were crowned here. After Stirling the River Forth becomes the Firth of Forth - the most substantial estuary on the east coast of Scotland. This book will explore the history, culture and geography of one of Scotland's most important waterways, from its source down to the Forth Bridges and on to where it joins the sea past Edinburgh, the nation's capital city.
London - one of the world's most exciting cities. Teeming with life, bursting with history, it houses over 8 million people, and has thousands of stories to tell. 365 Reasons to be Proud to be a Londoner is a quirky, fun exploration of the people and events that make London so special, with an entry for every day of the year. From the building of London's frankly awe-inspiring sewer system to the founding of the iconic Abbey Road recording studios, from the diary of Samuel Pepys to the invention of the World Wide Web, this fascinating book provides 365 compelling reasons why every Londoner should be proud of their wonderful city. Maybe it's because you're a Londoner...that you'll love this book! Word count: 30,000 Related titles: 365 Reasons to be Cheerful (9781906032968) 365 Reasons to be Proud to be British (9781907554391) 365 Reasons to be Proud to be English (9781909396715) 365 Reasons to be Proud to be Irish (9781909396401) 365 Reasons to be Proud to be Scottish (9781907554872) 365 Reasons to Look on the Bright Side (9781907554681)
The Clyde is a river of global importance - it was once the world's pre-eminent ship-building centre and a major trade hub for the British Empire. This book will explore the history, culture and geography of the river, from its source, in the remote southern uplands, to the city of Glasgow via Scotland's industrial heartland, and on to where it meets the sea in the beautiful Firth of Clyde. The Clyde rises in a relatively unknown, but ruggedly beautiful, part of the southern uplands. It meanders through moor and picturesque farmland that belies a very active mining past. Our journey takes us past the Falls of Clyde - a spectacular beauty spot and now a UNESCO World Heritage site - and past the mausoleum of Hamilton Palace, one of the grandest country houses ever built in Britain. Then the river reaches Glasgow itself. Beautiful river bridges, stations and riverfront buildings tell the story of the 'Second City of the Empire'. Over 25,000 ships have been built on the Clyde, including famous oceangoing liners such as the Queen Mary. Today the shipyards specialise in the construction of technologically advanced warships. The Clyde's trade in tobacco and sugar generated wealth that built the elegant streets of Glasgow. The river also runs right past two of the Commonwealth Games venues. The beautiful Firth of Clyde is home to many points of interest including islands, Second World War torpedo ranges, nuclear submarine bases and beautiful mountains.
365 Reasons To Be Proud To Be Irish is a year-long scenic route of jolliness taking in the quirky events, inventions, traditions, people, places and characters that make Ireland a country worth celebrating every day of the year. Within this humorously illustrated and entertaining book you'll find a historical year's worth of the discoveries, delights and derring-do that make Ireland a place to love and cherish, a place of wonder and a country that attracts 6 million people through its doors each year. From the beautiful streets of Dublin's city centre to the craggy scrapes of Galway; from the magical myths of Dearg Due (the Irish vampire!) to the legendary pint-pullers at Guinness; from scientists Francis Beaufort to ejection-seat inventor James Martin (plus many more!), Ireland is outstanding in every way, every single day of the year.
365 Reasons To Be Proud To Be Scottish is a year-long scenic route of jolliness taking in the quirky events, inventions, traditions, people, places and characters that make Scotland a country worth celebrating every day of the year. Has there ever been a more eccentric, creative, inventive and passionate race than the Scottish? We don't think so and 365 Reasons To Be Proud To Be Scottish proves it brilliantly. In the book you'll find a historical year's worth of the discoveries, delights and derring-do that make Scotland a place to love and cherish, a place of wonder and a country that attracts 13 million people through its doors each year. From the hallowed halls of St Andrews University - the first in Scotland (and, in 2013, celebrating its 600th birthday!) - to the glorious slopes of Edinburgh's streets; from the magical monster myths of loch landscapes to the ancient highland whisky makers; from inventors Alexander Graham Bell to brave knights such as William Wallace - Scotland is amazing, every single day of the year. Word count: 35,000
365 Reasons to Look on the Bright Side is full to the brim with good fortune arisen out of the flames of history's biggest and smallest errors, blunders and miscalculations - one for every day of the year, on the day it happened. This brilliantly quirky book demonstrates that while the old adage of `Everyone makes mistakes' may be true, some gaffes are so monumental that they can end up improving life for everyone else (if not for themselves!). 365 Reasons to Look on the Bright Side has many magical moments of looking on the bright side of history's most hopeless moments. Here a few to whet your whistle: Thanking Atilla the Hun for creating Venice, crediting Alexander Graham Bell's mum's deafness for inventing the telephone, praising Pope Clement VIII for blessing coffee, realizing that without the bubonic plague Newton may never had invented calculus and believing how one particularly big-boobed woman helped invent the stethoscope. Word count: 35,000
365 Reasons To Be Proud To Be British is a year-long scenic route of jollyness taking in the quirky events, inventions, traditions, people, places and characters that make Great Britain a nation worth celebrating every day of the year. Because it is great. Come on, admit it, has there ever been a more inventive, adventurous, creative and eccentric race than the British? We don't think so and 365 Reasons To Be Proud To Be British proves it brilliantly. In the book you'll find a historical year's worth of the discoveries, delights and derring-do that make Britain a place to love and cherish, a place of wonder and an island that attracts 27 million people through its doors. From the Cornish beaches to the glorious Welsh mountains; from the square-eyed joys of BBC telly to the incredible 'Knowledge' of the London cabbie; from our peerless pop music royalty to the globally renowned remedial powers of the perfect cuppa - Britain rules, every single day of the year.
It's a well-observed fact that human beings (well, men) can be a grumpy old bunch, always choosing to see that infamous metaphorical glass as constantly half empty rather than half full. Where's the fun in that? 365 Reasons To Be Cheerful is, well, it's exactly that. It's a whole year's worth of funny and unique events that happened on each and every day - a wild, weird and wonderful journey through the year highlighting the moments that changed the world for the better as well as the delightful, irreverant stories that will simply make you smile. 365 Reasons To Be Cheerful is designed specifically to look on the bright side of life every day of the year - the perfect pint-sized pick-me-up in these sobering, sombre times.
I am a member of staff at The Clachaig Inn in Glencoe, and I've just finished reading your book. I'd just like to say it is a serious contender for the most entertaining book I've ever had the pleasure to read, and it has been the subject of a great deal of jokes and banter for the last week or so. A hugely enjoyable, believable and very touching read. Many thanks from the depths of Glencoe! --James Roddie.... Brilliant, nearly cried with laughter at several parts and thoroughly enjoyed it. Any chance of a sequel? --Andy Ross, mwis.org.uk... I thoroughly recommend this book to everyone who likes Scotland it's not only the funniest book I've read in ages, with some classic characters and lines, it's also a very thought-provoking story with real messages (in between the chasing hot European girls and causing mayhem, that is). Hopefully destined to become a tongue-in-cheek classic of mountain literature! --Only A Hill, UKClimbing.com.... What started off as a coarse and crude 'blokes' book about beer and sex, turns in to a thoroughly engrossing adventure and travelogue. With some great characters, excruciatingly funny bits, some cringingly embarrassing bits and some real edge of your seat page turning stuff. And the ending - totally, totally brilliant. A tear jerker for even the hardest heart. Not what I was expecting at all. But brilliant. More please, Mr Happer. --S.J. DaviesYour book nearly got me arrested. I was on the first plane to Berlin, sitting at my window seat with tears of laughter running down my cheeks. As you might imagine your average German kinda struggles to see the funny side of it - thought I was some psychologically unstable nut-job... Please write more books. --Jim StrangI agree with the other reviewer about the laugh-out-loud factor (some of the set-pieces made me weep with laughter) but the book is richer and more complex than the title might suggest. The three young men's adventure has a mythic flavour, with their different characters (savage, refined, and in-between) mirroring the conflicts between culture and nature that we all feel - should we try to get laid, or write a poem? Preferably both, the author seems to be saying. Surreal plot twists and startling action sequences serve to reinforce this sense of things happening on a higher plane - it's a journey though the mountains, but also a journey through Fitch's dark night of the soul. It's outstandingly well-written - hilarious dialogue, razor-sharp action and really quite chilling violence, and weirdly vivid descriptions of landscape (something I normally find dull, but did not here) It makes me want to go to Scotland! This is a beautiful, life-affirming read - I got through it too quickly. I look forward to Happer's next novel. --BJ Twiston-Davies, London