Mail Obsession: A Journey Round Britain By Postcode by Mark MasonMail Obsession: A Journey Round Britain By Postcode by Mark Mason

Mail Obsession: A Journey Round Britain By Postcode

byMark Mason

Paperback | December 27, 2016

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Each of the United Kingdom's 124 postcode areas has a story to tell, an unexpected nugget to dust off and treasure.

Batman's home city of Gotham is named after a Nottinghamshire village

Some of the earliest human footprints were found on a beach in Norfolk

The left leg of Scottish hero William Wallace is buried in St Machar's Cathedral

The name Croydon means 'valley of the crocuses'

Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' was written by a Cleethorpes man called Rodney

Mark Mason has embarked on a tour of the country, immersing himself in Britain's history on a roundabout journey from AB to ZE. On the lookout for interesting place names and unusual monuments, along the way he discovers what the Queen keeps in her handbag, why the Jack Russell has a white coat and how Jimi Hendrix got confused by the M1.

At the same time Mason paints an affectionate portrait of Britain in the 21st century, from aggressive seagulls in Blackpool to 'seasoned' drinkers in Surrey. And his travels offer the perfect opportunity to delve into the history of the Royal Mail, complete with pillar boxes, posties and Penny Reds - plus Oscar Wilde's unconventional method of posting a letter.

A playful mix of fact, anecdote and overheard conversation,Mail Obsessionpays homage to Britain's wonderful past and its curious present.
Mark Mason is a lover of trivia, the 'little facts that slip down the back of life's sofa'. Before becoming a writer, he sold Christmas cards in Harrods, played guitar in a blues band, and made radio programmes for the BBC. His other books includeThe Importance of Being Trivial,Walk the LinesandMove Along, Please.
Title:Mail Obsession: A Journey Round Britain By PostcodeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.75 inPublished:December 27, 2016Publisher:ORION PUBLISHING GROUPLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1780228333

ISBN - 13:9781780228334

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