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The Dangerous Book for Boys

by Conn Iggulden, Hal Iggulden

The Dangerous Book for Boys
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    May 2007, 288 pages

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Conn Iggulden was born in 1971. He read English at London University and then taught for seven years at a high school in London. His mother is Irish and from an early age told her children history as an exciting series of stories - with dates, and his great-grandfather was a Seannachie (Irish storyteller). His father flew in Bomber Command in WWII, then taught maths and science. Iggulden says, "Though it seems a dated idea now, I began teaching when boys were told only girls were good at English, despite the great names that must spring to mind after that statement. My father loved working with wood and equations, but he also recited Vitai Lampada* with a gleam in his eye and that matters, frankly."

*A poem by Henry Newbolt.

Conn cut his teeth on Hornblower and Tai-Pan, Flashman, Sharpe and Jack Aubrey, and still remembers the sheer joy of reading his first Patrick O’Brian book and discovering there were nineteen more in the series! He also loves ...

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