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Forgotten Firsts A Compendium of Lost Pioneers, Trend-Setters and Innovators by Dan Smith

Forgotten Firsts A Compendium of Lost Pioneers, Trend-Setters and Innovators


Forgotten Firsts A Compendium of Lost Pioneers, Trend-Setters and Innovators by Dan Smith

Everyone knows that Neil Armstrong was the first man on the moon and that George Washington was the first American president. But what about all those other pioneers and originators (and even the occasional guinea pig) who have been lost in the footnotes of history? This fascinating book is a collection of those lesser-known innovators who deserve their place amongst the list of 'famous firsts'. It will probably come as no surprise that the first ever restaurateur was a Parisian; his name was Monsieur Boulanger and he originally served up soups which he called restaurants (restoratives) to his clientele. Did you know, however, that the first circus ringmaster was a celebrated cavalryman called Philip Astley who developed his horse-riding act into a grand spectacle that established a blueprint for the circus we know and love today. This is the book that no trivia fiend or general knowledge buff should be without!

About the Author

Dan Smith

Dan Smith's first 18 years were spent following his parents across the world to Africa, Indonesia and Brazil. He has been writing short stories for as long as he can remember and has been shortlisted for the Royal Literary Fund mentor scheme and the NORTHERN WRITER'S AWARDS. DRY SEASON is inspired by the four years he spent living in the interior of Brazil. He lives in Newcastle with his wife and two young children.

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4th October 2010


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