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Rob Penn THE SKY IS FALLING ON OUR HEADS First Edition Signed

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First edition, first print hardback published by Sceptre in 2004. Signed by Penn on the title page. Full numberline 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2
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First edition, first print hardback of THE SKY IS FALLING ON OUR HEADS by Rob Penn and published by Sceptre/ Hodder and Stoughton Ltd., London, in 2004. Signed by Penn on the title page. With full numberline 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 on the copyright page.

The book is in very good condition (clean blue cloth boards and silver lettering on the spine) with only minor wear to the illustrated dust jacket, which is not price clipped. Internally, the pages are clean and tight, there are no tears and no other inscriptions.

Robert 'Rob' Penn is a writer, photographer and broadcaster. He is a frequent columnist in UK national newspapers and has written widely on such subjects as cycling, travel and life in the Brecon Beacons in Wales. Penn was born in Birmingham and grew up on the Isle of Man before studying history at the University of Bristol.

He has cycled around the world and across Wales in the dark. Robert Penn developed a passion for the weather while riding a bicycle around the word. This was reinforced during a year touring the Celtic Fringe as a poet, in bucketing Welsh rain (tywallt), Irish thunderstorms (speirling), and Scottish drizzle (smur) during a record wet summer writing his first book The Sky Is Falling On Our Heads.

His books include The Wrong Kind of Snow – a survey of the British obsession with the weather deriving its title from the phrase "the wrong type of snow", co-authored with Antony Woodward – and It's All About the Bike, which documents his worldwide search for the perfect custom bike.

"What does it mean to be a Celt today? Am I one? And, quite frankly do I want to be a hairy, smelly hard-drinking, druid-worshipping Celt anyway?

These are the three questions that are troubling Rob Penn, a Manxman with an identity crisis, as he sets off on a journey through Scotland, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Wales, Cornwall and Brittany, to the bottom of the Celtic Fringe. Rather than be a tourist, Rob travels as a bard, writing and performing his won poems in pubs and at inter-Celtic festivals.

It is a mission full of pitfalls: the modern Celts have a profound knowledge of poetry. Will they be able to spot a fake poet and what will happen when they do? The Sky Is Falling On Our Heads is a captivating romp through a largely unfamiliar - and often bizarre - cultural landscape.

As he navigates the resurgence of the modern Celtic identity. Rob Penn succeeds in separating fact from myth in a hilarious portrait of a people who sense their time has come again."

'Comically astute ... Not your conventional travel fare but far more enjoyable as a result' - Time Out

'The most entertaining travelogue cum rite of passage book of the year' - Scotland on Sunday

342 pages.

ISBN: 0 340 82752 1

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  • Condition:
    Used
  • Product Code:
    2588
  • Weight:
    0.74kg