Ben le Vay—expert on all things eccentric—reveals the quirky gems hidden throughout Britain: hotter than the spice girls everywhere, Norfolk's fascinating Mustard Museum; Devon's Gnome Reserve, home to over 1,000 of Britain's beloved garden characters; or the fourth Earl of Dunmore's home, The Pineapple. Ben le Vay's Eccentric Britain is Bradt's best-ever complication of the weird and wacky things the British do, from bog snorkeling and chimney peeping, to mud marathons and cheese rolling. Encompassing eccentric pastimes, aristocrats and bizarre last wishes, it's is both a humorous and entertaining read, as well as practical guide to some of Britain's most peculiar and unexpected monuments, gardens and museums.
Benedict le Vay is a features editor on a leading British newspaper. He spends his spare time researching zany facts about the British and their way of life. He is also the author of Bradt's Britain from the Rails.
Praise for the previous edition:
‘Le Vay's catalogue of British oddities is so impressive that the EU commissioners might question whether such a nation should remain within the Union.' Anthony Sattin, The Sunday Times.
‘A wonderful barmy guide.' The Daily Telegraph
‘The ultimate guide to some of Britain's most idiosyncratic sights, curious ceremonies and intriguing moments.' Best of British
‘Finally a guidebook has been published which celebrates the slightly less strait-laced side of the British Isles. Written by Benedict le Vay, Eccentric Britain covers all aspects of our weird ways. For day trips this book is a must; you can visit Nowhere in Kent and drink at the Pub With No Name in Hampshire. Rumour has it there's even a pub in Portsmouth called the Jolly Taxpayer. Now that really is weird.' The Times
“Benedict le Vay's splendid indulgence is occasionally an eye-popper but mostly a chuckle, and his obvious affection for the odd and the oddball shines through.” The Observer.