The English Eccentric is a captivating subject and prolific author David Long explores just why England was blessed with so many quirky people. He studies their bizarre legacy including the many strange buildings they left behind, not just follies but recreations of exotic palaces. His essays include why eccentrics still have a continuing fascination and highlights the most notable (not just the most famous) in his entertaining essays. In addition to a useful timeline which sets the scene, the book will show readers where they can see the long-lasting legacy of the eccentric for themselves from Brighton Pavilion to the follies at Stourhead and Castle Howard.
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About the Author
Fascinated by those strange, semi-hidden corners of London most of us cease to notice because we walk by them so often, David Long has been a writer since leaving a first class university with a second class degree in the 1980s. Whilst a columnist for the Sunday People he created a popular weekly cartoon strip which appeared in the Times, and continues to write for a wide diversity of newspapers and magazines both in Britain and abroad. Many of his most popular and best reviewed books reflect his longstanding interest in the less well-known aspects of London, its architecture and eccentric inhabitants - subjects, he says, which simply never run dry.