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Mad Dogs and Englishmen
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Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Bt OBE
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Mad Dogs and Englishmen

Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Bt OBE


9780340925041

Hodder & Stoughton


Biography;
Autobiography: general;
Family history, tracing ancestors


Paperback

400 pages

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Discover Sir Ranulph Twistelton-Wykham-Fiennes s personal expedition to trace his extraordinary family through history. From Charlemagne himself a direct ancestor of the author to the count who very nearly persuaded William the Conqueror to retreat at Hastings, many members of this unique clan have lived close to the nerve centre of the ruler of their day. They number in their ranks a murderer, a wife poisoner, a poacher, England's greatest female traveller of the 17th century, and an extortionist Lord High Treasurer, teen cousins who eloped, a noble lord hanged for manslaughter, another hanged for adultery with the King's wife, and many who, as admirals or major-generals, won famous battles. The Fiennes behind Cromwell provided the castle in which the Parliamentarians made their first secret moves, the same building in which twenty-one successive generations of the family have lived for 600 unbroken years . . . And that is just a taster. Ranulph Fiennes tells the story of his unconventional, exceptional family, and reveals the ingredients for the man described by the Guinness Book of Records as 'the world s greatest living explorer'.

By:   Sir Ranulph Fiennes Bt OBE
Imprint:   Hodder & Stoughton
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 27mm
Weight:   298g
ISBN:   9780340925041
ISBN 10:   0340925043
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   August 2010
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Sir Ranulph Fiennes was the first man to reach both poles by surface travel and the first to cross the Antarctic Continent unsupported. Fiennes has led over 30 expeditions including the first polar circumnavigation of the Earth. In 1993 Her Majesty the Queen awarded Fiennes the Order of the British Empire (OBE) because, on the way to breaking records, he has raised over GBP10 million for charity.


A whirlwind romp through the annals of time, peopled with the good, the bad and downright mad among the Fiennes clan. - Sunday Telegraph Fascinating...it is some family tree - Adrian Chiles, The One Show Praise for MAD, BAD AND DANGEROUS TO KNOW - - If you ever struggle to drag yourself out of bed on a winter's morning, pick up a copy of Ranulph Fiennes' autobiography. It's an inspiration. - Mail on Sunday Rip-roaringly readable - Guardian Even readers with a broadly low tolerance for macho heroism will find themselves gripped . . . compelling - Time Out This is the memoir of a supreme sportsman, an uber-earthling who could show the Martians a thing or two about what the best of us can achieve - Financial Times Magazine Ran' epitomises British phlegm, and he puts all other glory-seekers to shame. His dry wit, self deprecation and steely determination never to feel a scrap of self-pity are in the very best tradition of British travel writing. Long may he continue tomake us glad that we are not him, while we stand in awe. - Country Life


  • Short-listed for Independent Booksellers' Week Book of the Year Award: Adults' Book of the Year 2010
  • Shortlisted for Independent Booksellers' Book of the Year Award: Adults' Book of the Year 2010.
  • Shortlisted for Independent Booksellers' Week Book of the Year Award: Adults' Book of the Year 2010.
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