A Journey Round Britain by Postcode
By Mark Mason
Embark on a zigzag tour through the postcodes of Britain in pursuit of amusing trivia and fascinating history.
'FASCINATING' Daily Mail
'FULL OF AMAZING FACTS' The QI Elves
Each of the United Kingdom's 124 postcode areas has a story to tell, an unexpected nugget to dust off and treasure.
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 OBSESSION pays 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 include The Importance of Being Trivial, Walk the Lines and Move Along, Please.
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06 Oct 2016
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An entertaining read — DAILY EXPRESS
Beginning his adventure at the Watford Gap service station - the very first such station on one of the country's first motorways, the M1, [Mason] set off in the pleasant pursuit of idle trivia ... this book a source of endless delight. — Jane Shilling, DAILY MAIL 'Must Reads'
Awesome - full of amazing facts — The QI Elves
Fascinating — DAILY MAIL
Turns up trivia at every stop — BBC RADIO 4
Fantastic stuff — BBC LONDON
Almost every page contains at least one thing that you'll be itching to startle your friends with — READER'S DIGEST
Mason is an entertaining companion — WANDERLUST
All sorts of knowledge — CHOICE
Intriguing tales — EAST ANGLIAN DAILY TIMES