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John Higgs
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Stranger Than We Can Imagine

John Higgs
Authors:
John Higgs

The twentieth century should make sense. It's the period of history that we know the most about, an epic geo-political narrative that runs through World War One, the great depression, World War Two, the American century and the fall of the Berlin Wall. But somehow that story doesn't quite lead into the world we find ourselves in now, this bewildering twenty-first century, adrift in a network of constant surveillance, unsustainable competition, tsunamis of trivia and extraordinary opportunity.Time, then, for a new perspective. With John Higgs as our guide, we step off the main path and wander through some of the more curious backwaters of the twentieth century, exploring familiar and unfamiliar territory alike, finding fresh insight on our journey to the present day. We travel in the company of some of the most radical artists, scientists, geniuses and crazies of their age. They show us that great innovations such as relativity, cubism, quantum mechanics, postmodernism and chaos maths are not the incomprehensible, abstract horrors that we assume them to be, but signposts that bring us to the world we live in now.John Higgs brings us an alternative history of the strangest of centuries. He shows us how the elegant, clockwork universe of the Victorians became increasingly woozy and uncertain; and how we discovered that our world is not just stranger than we imagine but, in the words of Sir Arthur Eddington, 'stranger than we can imagine'.

Alex Kitts

Alex Kitts is a journalist and a huge fan of Dizzee Rascal. Over the last ten years, he has written reviews and articles on all the major artists of the decade.

Allan Corduner

Allan Corduner trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has appeared on stage in PASSION at the Donmar Warehouse, SERIOUS MONEY in the West End and TITANIC on Broadway, and on screen in DA VINCI'S DEMONS, YENTL and TOPSY-TURVY, amonst many other roles. He is a highly experience voice actor and memorably narrated the voice of Death when reading THE BOOK THIEF. He has read Elspeth Coopers' WILD HUNT novels for Orion.

Ally Croft

Ally is a national journalist and film critic. She lives with her husband, daughter and enormous DVD collection in north London.

Andy Williams

Andy Williams was born in rural Iowa in 1927. His solo career began in 1952, since when he has headlined for twenty years at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, hosted one of the most successful and long-running TV shows ever, and toured sell-out concert venues around the world. In the 1990s, Andy designed and built his own state-of-the-art venue, The Moon River Theatre in Branson, Missouri, where he still performs. With his wife Debbie, he divides his time between homes in Branson and La Quinta, California.

Christopher Bigsby

Christopher Bigsby is Professor of American Studies at the University of East Anglia, and is Director of the Arthur Miller Centre there.

Danny Baker

Danny Baker is an English comedy writer, journalist, radio DJ and screenwriter. He currently presents daily on BBC London 94.9 and a weekly show on BBC Radio 5 Live.For more, visit Danny Baker's website at www.internettreehouse.co.uk and follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/prodnose.

Don Felder

Don Felder was born in Gainesville, Florida, in 1947. He joined the Eagles in 1974 and composed the music to their groundbreaking hit 'Hotel California'. Still widely considered one of the most gifted guitarists in the music industry. Felder lives in Los Angeles and has four grown children.

Eamonn Holmes

Eamonn Holmes was born in Belfast. After becoming the youngest ever anchor on regional television, he moved to the UK to present GMTV and for twelve years pulled in daily viewing figures of 6 million. However, in February 2005 he announced his decision to leave the show. He currently presents a number of prime time shows for BBC 1, has his own radio programme on 5 LIVE and will launch SKY NEWS BREAKFAST in Autumn 2005. He has four children and lives in London with his family and partner.

Eric Braun

Eric Braun MA (Cantab.) is a theatre and film critic and show-business writer. After service in the Royal Artillery he began his writing career with Odeon cinemas before entering the film industry. He has written biographies of Doris Day and Deborah Kerr and three books with Beryl Reid.

H.G. Wells

H.G. Wells was born in Bromley, Kent in 1866. After working as a draper's apprentice and pupil-teacher, he won a scholarship to the Normal School of Science in 1884, studying under T. H. Huxley. He was awarded a first-class honours degree in biology and resumed teaching but had to retire after a kick from an ill-natured pupil afflicted his kidneys. He worked in poverty in London as a crammer while experimenting in journalism and stories. It was with THE TIME MACHINE (1895) that he had his real breakthrough.

Helia Phoenix

Helia Phoenix is a national music journalist and author, based in Wales. She specialises in writing biographies, and is currently working on her first novel.

Hunter Davies

Hunter Davies is the author of over thirty books which include such modern classics as the authorised biography of The Beatles, The Glory Game and A Walk Around the Lakes. He has written several other walking books and also a travel biography of Christopher Columbus which took him to the West Indies and the Americas. He is also well known as a broadcaster and journalist and writes for the Independent, Sunday Times, Daily Mail and New Statesman. He was married to the novelist and biographer Margaret Forster from 1961 until her death in 2016.

John Coldstream

John Coldstream worked for the Daily Telegraph for 25 years and was Deputy Literary Editor of the Sunday Telegraph from 1988 to 1991. in 1991 he became Literary editor of the Daily Telegraph. His first biography, DIRK BOGARDE was acclaimed on its publication in 2004

Julie Walters

Julie Walters was nominated for an Oscar for Educating Rita, having made the part her own on stage, and starred in Billy Elliot. She is Mrs Weasley in the Harry Potter films, and co-starred with Helen Mirren in Calendar Girls. Versatile enough to appear both as Mrs Overall in her friend Victoria Wood's Acorn Antiques as well as the sexy Wife of Bath in the BBC's adaptation of The Canterbury Tales, she is 'arguably the nation's best-loved actress' (Sunday Times).

Katherine Jenkins

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Keith Richards

Keith Richards was born in Dartford in 1943 and founded the Rolling Stones with Mick Jagger in 1962. He lives in Connecticut.

Kirk Lake

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Len Brown

Born in the Scottish borders, Len escaped from the head-banging rock scene of Newcastle in the ¿70s. He sub-edited and wrote film and music reviews for NME and Vox in the ¿80s and early ¿90s before finding his way into an ongoing television career. Len is the author of Meetings with Morrissey