The Mammoth Book of Losers - Mammoth Books (Paperback)
  • The Mammoth Book of Losers - Mammoth Books (Paperback)
zoom

The Mammoth Book of Losers - Mammoth Books (Paperback)

(author)
£8.99
Paperback 512 Pages / Published: 05/06/2014
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 1 week

  • This item has been added to your basket
This compendious celebration of ineptitude includes some of history's most spectacularly ill-conceived expeditions and entirely useless pursuits, and features tales of black comedy, insane foolhardiness, breathtaking stupidity and relentless perseverance in the face of inevitable defeat. It rejoices in men and women made of the Wrong Stuff: writers who believed in the power of words, but could never quite find the rights ones; artists and performers who indulged their creative impulse with a passion, if not a sense of the ridiculous, an eye for perspective or the ability to hold down a tune; scientists and businessmen who never quite managed to quit while they were ahead; and sportsmen who seemed to manage always to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Like Walter Oudney, one of three men chosen to find the source of the River Niger in Africa, who could not ride a horse, nor speak any foreign languages and who had never travelled more than 30 miles beyond his native Edinburgh; or the explorer-priest Michel Alexandre de Baize, who set off to explore the African continent from east to west equipped with 24 umbrellas, some fireworks, two suits of armor, and a portable organ; or the Scottish army which decided to invade England in 1349 - during the Black Death. Entries include: briefest career in dentistry; least successful bonding exercise; most futile attempt to find a lost tribe; most pointless lines of research by someone who should have known better; least successful celebrity endorsement; least convincing excuse for a war; worst poetic tribute to a root vegetable; least successful display of impartiality by a juror; Devon Loch - sporting metaphor for blowing un unblowable lead; least dignified exit from office by a French president; and least successful expedition by camel.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781780338309
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 350 g
Dimensions: 197 x 135 x 33 mm

You may also be interested in...

Why Mummy Swears
Added to basket
£12.99   £8.99
Hardback
Wreck This Journal
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
On the Bright Side
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Why Mummy Drinks
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
Calypso
Added to basket
£16.99   £13.99
Hardback
Super Good Skills (Almost...)
Added to basket
How to Argue with a Cat
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
Heartburn
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
The Road to Little Dribbling
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Life Honestly
Added to basket
£14.99
Hardback
Dog Man 5: Lord of the Fleas
Added to basket
£10.99   £8.99
Hardback
Tom Gates 15: What Monster?
Added to basket
£12.99   £6.49
Hardback
The Unmumsy Mum
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Patronising Bastards
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.