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- DescriptionA guide to places to hide from modern life. This work offers the reader: a wide range of hiding places in urban, rural, coastal and mountainous settings throughout Britain; and a glance-sized guide to the experiences of famous hiders of the past such as King Charles II and Lawrence of Arabia.
- Author BiographyDixe Wills writes a monthly column for culture magazine Third Way and has contributed sections for two books produced by the football magazine When Saturday Comes. A former human rights reporter in Guatemala, he now lives in the relative safety of Bethnal Green.
- Author(s)Dixe Wills
- PublisherIcon Books Ltd
- Date of Publication07/06/2007
- GenreHumour: Collections & General
- Place of PublicationDuxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintIcon Books Ltd
- Content NoteIllustrations, unspecified
- Width129 mm
- Height198 mm
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- ultro-8608 Jun, 2016by
Places To Hide In England, Scotland And Wales by Dixe Wills.
I happened upon this book while I was actually searching for another book by the same author- Tiny Stations which I have yet to read. Places to Hide is quite the strangest book I think I've come across. It's a comical travel book one of my favoured genres. It's a compilation of places where one can make themselves scarce: a pill box, cave, ruined castle, under a bridge, under a park bench etc. And then there are the really weird ones! I couldn't figure out how Dixe found these locations then realised that our author is a well travelled man and must either go looking for unusual hidey-holes while he is in Welshpool for example or he just spots somewhere strange by chance and decides that it's going in the book. And as the title implies he goes far and wide from Kent to Wales to Orkney and the Hebrides. While I found only a handful of the locations to hold much fascination it's Dixe's sharp wit that made the book a page turner. His observations on most towns he visits are irreverent with my own town Chatham getting a stinging barb. He offers 'advice' on what you can eat from what's growing around your hiding place once you're safely ensconsed, plus perhaps more trustworthy info about the nearest shops and WCs. If you feel tempted to investigate Wigan pier or the hut at Sheep's Green, Cambridge, Dixe provides OS map references, and every location is photographed - so you can recognize it when you get there. Scattered throughout are some delightfully bonkers sections under the headings Know How where our guide advises his readers on how to cook the aforementioned wild food, building there own hiding place, and things to do with your time while hiding and indeed how to hide. Then there is Psychobabble in which you can determine the catergory of hider you belong to and what to think, something which I asked myself on occasion going through these pages! Genuinely interesting are accounts of historical figures who had done some time in their lives hiding such as Lawrence of Arabia, Percy Toplis, Robert the Bruce and Agatha Christie. Even here Dixe still has fun and gives each person a score out of ten for their suitability as a hiders' role model- (Bravo Herr Pluschow!) I've said I would recommend this book but not to everyone. It should appeal to those who enjoy the offbeat and quirky with a crisp sense of humour which now and then verges on the unhinged but also has intelligence. It is a travel book but only in the vaguest sense. If you are the sort of person who would search for the most barren square on the ordnance survey map and go to see if there really is nothing there, or enjoy nonsensical road signs, then this book might appeal. Perhaps it is a little bit too long, I did find myself getting a tad worn by the time we got into Scotland. Essentially Places To Hide is an oddity and for the most part an entertaining one. I'm glad there are books like this around. Read full review
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- seafishinggirl01 Mar, 2011by
places to hide
not quite the book i was expecting due to its humerus approach but still a very good read, appreciated too are the sections on accomplished hiders inter spaced throughout the book, i'm sure the humor will appeal to a wider audience
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