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This is an auction for PRIVATE LIVES by Mark Bryant. reviews:

"Most biographical dictionaries merely provide a bald and arid listing of the subject's date of birth, life history and major achievements, offering scant idea of what he or she was really like as a human being. PRIVATE LIVES, in total contrast, scores strongly on the 'Hello!' magazine scale of intimate revelation, painting full, warts-and-all, what-do-they-keep-in-their-underw­ear-drawer pictures of over 200 famous and infamous characters from history."

"FIVE STARS!!! This book begins with Alexander the Great and finishes with Emile Zola. The core facts of each subject's life are covered with admirable clarity and brevity: habits, hobbies, religion, politics, health, temperament, work, death and much else. Therefore, the book is useful as a simple and accessible ready reference. Here you can check on people you think you ought to know about but have little more than a vague awareness. In my case these included, for example, Laurence Sterne, Thomas De Quincey, Arthur Rimbaud and Tiberius. However, most fascinating for me was to read little known facts about well famous historical characters. Ivan the Terrible nailed a messenger's foot to the floor; Casanova used a pig's bladder as a condom; Keats wrote on scraps of paper which a friend retrieved and helped him assemble; Hitler was a hypochondriac who at one time took 28 different types of medication, including injections from bulls' testicles . . . This is the perfect browser's book. You can open it anywhere and find something to interest and intrigue."

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Hardback 2001.

383 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $6.95 by tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston ?North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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