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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (56 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tim Moore Narrator: Andrew Wincot Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 1989, Tim Moore moved into the last house in Chiswick with an outside toilet. Intrigued by a subsequent encounter with an elderly former resident, and shamed to confess the phobic haste with which he demolished this facility, he finds himself inspired to travel back to the land before now, experiencing the horny-handed hardships and homespun pleasures enjoyed and endured by Moores gone by.

The journey that follows takes him through the world of historical re-enactment, sitting at the bare and grubby feet of retromaniacs who have seen their future in the past, and learning their singular ways.

Living on bramble leaves, Johnny cake, and porridge, Moore travels from the Iron Age to the Steam Age, sharing straw beds and daft hats with period obsessives driven by socio-historical curiosity, disillusionment with the pampered fecklessness of the modern world, or a simple nostalgia for campfires, flatulence, and brutality.

As a Roman legionary, Moore is put to the Gaulish sword 12 times a day for the entertainment of the Danish public; as master of a Tudor manor's domestic staff, he works his young charges to collapse, and serves up moat-drowned hare to the sneering gentry. He crosses the snake-happy Kentucky wilderness with a Vietnam veteran and his ox-drawn wagon, gets arrested as a Yankee spy in the Louisiana no man's land, and lets a party of taunting French schoolchildren have it with a medieval bazooka.

Along the way, he meets living historians for whom authenticity means pulling their own teeth out and dyeing outfits in urine, and those who stride back through time with a Nokia and a packet of fags stuffed down their codpiece. Download and start listening now!


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Simon Williams | 8/14/2012

    " Having read and enjoyed one of his previous books, Null Points, I was looking forward to this book. Have got to say very disappointed. All the different eras just belnded into one. Didnt hold my interest at all. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by San | 4/29/2012

    " I didn't finish this. It was way too boring. Don't bother! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David Traver Adolphus | 5/7/2011

    " By a long margin the best Tim Moore book I've read. I usually enjoy him, but this is compelling. "

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About the Author
Author Tim Moore

Tim Moore’s writing has appeared in Esquire and London’s Daily Telegraph, Observer, and Sunday Times. He is the author of French Revolutions and several other books. He lives in London.