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The Odditorium: The tricksters, eccentrics, deviants and inventors whose obsessions changed the world

David Bramwell, Jo Tinsley

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Prose: non-fiction, Humour collections & anthologies, Miscellaneous items, Gift books

THE ODDITORIUM is a fascinating, quirky and beautifully illustrated gift book from the creators of the award winning Ernest Journal. Celebrating curiosity and adventure, THE ODDITORIUM explores the obsessions, achievements and failures of lesser-known but utterly remarkable individuals who exemplify the human spirit through their stories of invention, trickery, subversion and survival.

THE ODDITORIUM is a playful re-telling of history, told not through the lens of its victors, but through the fascinating stories of a wealth of individuals who, while lesser-known, are no less remarkable.

Throughout its pages you'll learn about the antics and adventures of tricksters, eccentrics, deviants and inventors. While their stories range from heroic failures to great hoaxes, one thing unites them - they all carved their own path through life. Each protagonist exemplifies the human spirit through their dogged determination, willingness to take risks, their unflinching obsession and, often, a good dollop of eccentricity.

Learn about Reginald Bray (1879-1939), a Victorian accountant who sent over 30,000 singular objects through the mail, including himself; Cyril Hoskin (1910-1981), a Cornish plumber who reinvented himself as a Tibetan lama and went on to sell over a million books; and Elaine Morgan (1920-2013), a journalist who battled a tirade of prejudice to pursue an aquatic-based theory of human evolution, which is today being championed by David Attenborough.

Elsewhere, we uncover the lesser-known obsessions of such historical giants as Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1726), whose beloved alchemy led to a lifetime's search for the philosopher's stone and elixir of life; and philosopher Rene Descartes (1596-1650), whose obsession with cross-eyed ladies led

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Praise for The Odditorium: The tricksters, eccentrics, deviants and inventors whose obsessions changed the world

  • Praise for The No9 Bus to Utopia, by David Bramwell:

  • "Packed with wisdom, humour and pathos." Tom Hodgkinson, Idler - Idler

  • Praise for David Bramwell:

  • "A remarkable storyteller." (Radio Times). - Radio Times

  • Praise for David Bramwell:

  • "Bramwell clearly has an eye for the oddball and arcane." (The Guardian). - The Guardian

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