Honourable Misfits: A Brief History of Britain's Weirdest, Unluckiest and Most Outrageous MPs by Marie Le Conte (Hardback)
Honourable Misfits is a weird and wonderful celebration of the most eccentric and infamous MPs throughout the history of the British parliament.
Politicians are weird - we can all agree on that. But do you know how much weirder they used to be? If not, Honourable Misfits is the book for you. Spanning from the past 700 years, this is a celebration of the oddest and most eccentric MPs the House of Commons has ever seen. From mad inventors and fearless adventurers to machiavellian villains and mavericks with more money than sense, it offers 64 pen portraits of the unique, the mysterious and the downright deranged. There is the one who built a complex network of tunnels and underground rooms underneath his estate; the one who liked to go hunting naked; the one who set himself on fire to cure his hiccups, and the one who invented a very small gun with which to kill flies. Still, they weren't all useless; there was also the MP who invented weather forecasts, and the one who documented more animal species than nearly everyone else. They weren't all good either; between the fascist turned Buddhist monk and the spy who faked his death, there are more than enough villains to go around. They also weren't all lucky; included in Honourable Misfits are tributes to MPs with tragic deaths, from falling on a turnip to getting in a car accident the day after getting elected. This is a book to celebrate human nature in all its odd, compelling complexity.
About the Author: Marie Le Conte is a French-Moroccan journalist and writer based in London. Raised in France, she moved to Britain in 2009 to study journalism and has worked at a range of publications, including the Evening Standard and BuzzFeed News. Since going freelance in 2017, she has written for everyone from GQ and the Guardian to VICE and the New Statesman, and frequently appears on radio and television. Her first book, Haven't You Heard? Gossip, Politics and Power is out now.
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