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Brian Viner - Author

About the Author

Brian Viner is a senior features writer and columnist for the INDEPENDENT newspaper. He lives with his family in Herefordshire.

Photograph © Mike James
 

Featured books by Brian Viner

Cream Teas, Traffic Jams and Sunburn The Great British Holiday

Cream Teas, Traffic Jams and Sunburn The Great British Holiday

Author: Brian Viner Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/05/2011

The British on holiday: how can four simple words evoke so many vivid images, images of raw sunburn and relentless rain, of John Bull's Pub (in Lanzarote) and Antonio's Tapas Bar (in Torquay), of endless queues to get through security at Manchester Airport, or Gatwick, or Glasgow, or Luton, and endless tailbacks on the M5, or M6, or M25, but also images of carefree sploshing in Portuguese swimming-pools and lazy lunches in the Provencal sun? In this funny, acutely observed and engaging social history, Brian Viner celebrates the holidaying British, with their quirks and their quinine tablets, and their blithe assumption that the elderly man selling oranges at the roadside in Corfu, so photogenic with his walnut face and three teeth, must surely understand just a few, uncomplicated English sentences. He examines the fortnight-long cruise at one end of the holiday spectrum, and a day's rambling in the Lake District at the other. He looks at how the holidaying British evolved into the big-spending, many-headed beast we know today, by recalling not only the holidays that we took as children, but the holidays our grandparents, and their grandparents, took. It is a story that connects Blackpool with Barcelona, Mauritius with Margate. It is a story, indeed, that connects us all.

Other books by Brian Viner

No Fifth Horseman

No Fifth Horseman

Author: Brian Viner Format: eBook Release Date: 08/08/2015

Marty Rebel, insurance investigator-turned-assassin-hunter, is intent on bringing ex-Spetsnatz soldier-turned-assassin, Captain Lars Gottard, aka Pelops, to justice for the slaying of people close to him. With his newspaper reporter girl friend, Dixie Montcliffe, his long-time friend, retired detective chief superintendent, Colin Robbin and the father of one of the assassin's female victims, retired Air Chief Marshal Edgar Thompson, he embarks on a sea voyage to the Democratic Republic of Congo in pursuit of his quarry. His team, with all the necessary transport and equipment to make the journey in the Karangabe Desert, is making the journey on a North sea trawler skippered by old sea-dog, Ethan J. Entwistle. He is joined by his old Domino mate, ex-special forces man, Weeny, with one of the EU organisation's helicopters. Pelops and his paymaster, Cesar Quesada, a Colombian drug-lord, are involved in the process of mining uranium ore in the vastness of the Karangabe Desert, with which Quesada hopes to bargain for political power. The German's role is to provide protection, including the supervision of a squad of armed mercenaries enlisted as protection against marauding rebels. Montague Scott, scientific genius, engineer and brother of another of Pelops' victims, also has plans to avenge Pelops' murder of his brother. Assisted by his personal aide, Dimitri, and a seafarer, Alistair Cameron, he follows Marty in a machine of futuristic design, equipped with weaponry that would be the envy of his contemporaries in the arms industry. Congolese rebel commander, self appointed Brigadier Standi Nyando, has designs on the minerals being harvested by the foreigners in the desert, though he is not aware of the precise nature of it, merely any value it might have, and the kudos its seizure will bring him. The three factions meet head on in the desert, with varying degrees of advantage to one group and then another; with Marty and his team managing to survive, only to have to resume pursuit of Pelops and Quesada back north, towards colder waters, and...

Looking for the Toffees In Search of the Heroes of Everton

Looking for the Toffees In Search of the Heroes of Everton

Author: Brian Viner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/03/2015

In 1977-78, Brian Viner was a season ticket-holder in the Gwladys Street End at Goodison Park, home to his beloved Everton. In front of him were the stars of the day: striker Bob Latchford, creative midfielder Duncan McKenzie and goalkeeping hero George Wood. There were no airs and graces then: Viner would regularly see Latchford in the local pub, and even once saw Wood mowing the field at his school, so asked him to come and join his classmates for a kickabout, which he did. It would never happen now. But as well as nostalgia for that period, Viner reveals how this was a time when so much was on the cusp of change: in football the first wave of foreign players would arrive the next season, with Ossie Ardiles and Arnold Muhren among them; on Merseyside, the era of punk would soon give way to Thatcherism; and even Viner himself, at 16, was on the verge of adulthood. But little of what happened next could ever have been predicted. Viner's investigation of that year in the 1970s, based on many interviews with the players of the time, not only reveals a vanished era, but also shows how football often fails to look after its own, as the life stories of what happened to the players afterwards shows, but how the spirit of the sport will always shine through.

The Good, The Dad and the Ugly The Trials of Fatherhood

The Good, The Dad and the Ugly The Trials of Fatherhood

Author: Brian Viner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/05/2013

Brian Viner's children are finally leaving home. Exhausted and broken, and on average GBP200,000 worse off per child, Brian felt it was time to look back on the adventure of being a father over the previous 18 years. There is nothing like the actual experience of parenting to undermine all the theories, to rip apart all the textbooks.This book provides at least some insight for the father to be, or the newly with child, into the strange and yet common, unique yet universal, condition of fatherhood. And perhaps it will offer a few crumbs of comfort. After all, if you have a teething baby or a 17-year-old stop-out giving you sleepless nights, or a relcalcitrant toddler driving you demented, or a cheeky eight-year-old giving you lip, or a sullen teenager ignoring you, and if he or she is equally capable of filling you with boundless love, joy and pride, then you are a Dad, and welcome to the club.

Ears of the Wolf

Ears of the Wolf

Author: Brian Viner Format: eBook Release Date: 08/08/2012

Pelops is a Spetnatz-trained commando. This former East German soldier is hired by MI5 in a plot to 'bury' a failed military project. He allows no one to stand in his way and tell the tale. Marty Rebel is an insurance litigation investigator. Driving ambition and Celtic obstinacy compel him to seek answers to unheeded questions regarding the death of the assassin's latest victim. A martial arts expert, he cowers in no man's shadow; but he is pitted against an adversary aware of his every move. Mixed fortunes misdirect bullets meant for him, and then he survives his first one-on-one confrontation with Pelops. But Marty cannot halt his opponent's rampage, nor determine its objective. The attention of Domino, an EEC-funded anti-terrorist group, is attracted. With these experienced, armed allies, Marty wages mortal battle; in pursuit of Pelops, from the Essex coast to the winter mist on the Channel Islands waters. Marty is determined to exact retribution - the assassin is hell-bent on survival

Cream Teas, Traffic Jams and Sunburn The Great British Holiday

Cream Teas, Traffic Jams and Sunburn The Great British Holiday

Author: Brian Viner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/05/2012

The British on holiday: how can four simple words evoke so many vivid images, images of raw sunburn and relentless rain, of John Bull's Pub (in Lanzarote) and Antonio's Tapas Bar (in Torquay), of endless queues to get through security at Manchester Airport, or Gatwick, or Glasgow, or Luton, and endless tailbacks on the M5, or M6, or M25, but also images of carefree sploshing in Portuguese swimming-pools and lazy lunches in the Provencal sun? In this funny, acutely observed and engaging social history, Brian Viner celebrates the holidaying British, with their quirks and their quinine tablets, and their blithe assumption that the elderly man selling oranges at the roadside in Corfu, so photogenic with his walnut face and three teeth, must surely understand just a few, uncomplicated English sentences. He examines the fortnight-long cruise at one end of the holiday spectrum, and a day's rambling in the Lake District at the other. He looks at how the holidaying British evolved into the big-spending, many-headed beast we know today, by recalling not only the holidays that we took as children, but the holidays our grandparents, and their grandparents, took. It is a story that connects Blackpool with Barcelona, Mauritius with Margate. It is a story, indeed, that connects us all.

Nice to See It, To See It, Nice The 1970s in front of the Telly

Nice to See It, To See It, Nice The 1970s in front of the Telly

Author: Brian Viner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2010

The 1970s was not just the decade of power-cuts and three-day weeks, of Chopper bikes and Spacehoppers, of kipper ties and bad perms, of Abba and the Bay City Rollers . . . it was also the decade of Fawlty Towersand Porridge; A Bouquet of Barbed Wire and I, Claudius; The Sweeneyand Starsky and Hutch. There was no such thing in those days as Wacky Warehouse or Playstation or even video recorders -- for its entertainment, the nation switched on the telly. Some programmes, such as The Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show, were practically part of the national psyche, while some characters -- such as Benny from Crossroads and Olive from On The Buses-- became the unlikeliest of icons. Watching the box will never again be the collective experience it was then, and Brian Viner, in this hilarious and affectionate memoir, pays tribute to an era in televison -- the forgettable as well as the memorable -- which happily coincided with his own formative years.

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