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Mad Dogs and Englishmen
Ranulph Fiennes
Ranulph Fiennes
Classification : History
Pub Date : May 01, 2010
Imprint : Hodder & Stoughton
Page Extent : 400
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9780340925041
Price : 725

About the book
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'.

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'It is lively and vivid, and often exciting as we anticipate each plunge into deadly Arctic waters. There are some wonderful throwaway lines . . . So, not an alien species after all but - as they say - a national treasure.'

'It's exhausting just reading about his exploits, so it is a perfect bedtime book. It's delightful to plump up one's duck-down pillows while vicariously enduring Fiennes's successive plunges into the deadly waters of the Artcic, and his festering crotch-rot.'

'Even readers with a broadly low tolerance for macho heroism will find themselves gripped . . . compelling'

'Rip-roaringly readable'

'"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.'

'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'

'Even readers with a broadly low tolerance for macho heroism will find themselves gripped . . . compelling'

'Rip-roaringly readable'

'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.'

Praise for MAD, BAD AND DANGEROUS TO KNOW
'Fascinating...it is some family tree'
'A whirlwind romp through the annals of time, peopled with the good, the bad and downright mad among the Fiennes clan.'
     
Ranulph Fiennes
A former member of the SAS, Sir Ranulph Fiennes was the first man to reach both poles on land. He is the only person yet to have been awarded two clasps to the Polar medal for both Antarctic and the...(+)
Ranulph Fiennes
A former member of the SAS, Sir Ranulph Fiennes was the first man to reach both poles on land. He is the only person yet to have been awarded two clasps to the Polar medal for both Antarctic and the...(+)