Daydream Believer

Confessions of a Hero-Worshipper

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'Enchanting ... while writing a series of richly comic recollections which had me laughing out loud every few pages, he has now written a book with much more underlying seriousness and much more to say about the human condition than any Booker prizewinner could achieve' A. N. Wilson, Country Life

'Intensely comical ... contains some of the funniest scenes I have seen in print this year' Jeremy Paxman, Observer



'Although on route to meet plenty of people more famous ... none of them can begin to match the charm of the book's bumbling narratior in his Dickensian progression from weedy daydreamer, to failed solicitor, country squire, genealogist, obituarist and lurker at stage doors. This man is an institution, one of the great English eccentrics of our time' James Delingpole, Literary Review

About Hugh Massingberd

Hugh Massingberd was born at Cookham Dean, Berkshire, in 1946. His father was in the Colonial Service, and later worked for the BBC; his mother was a schoolmistress. He boarded at Port Regis Preparatory School in Dorset, and Harrow. After an unsatisfactory stint as a solicitor's articled clerk in Lincoln's Inn, he gained a place to read History at Cambridge, only to pull out before matriculating. He then drifted into publishing and journalism, where he has made desultory attempts to keep afloat for the last thirty-five years. " " " " Altogether he has written or edited some forty books, including works of genealogical reference, studies of royalty and social history as well as a series of illustrated volumes covering palaces, grand hotels and country houses, great and small. His five volumes of collections from the Obituaries page of The Daily Telegraph (which he created in 1986 and edited for eight years), and a further volume covering The Very Best of the Daily Telegraph Books of Obituaries were all published by Macmillan. The fifth volume was shortlisted for the inaugural Bollinger Everyman Prize for Comic Writing in 2000. " " " " In addition to being Obituaries Editor of the Daily Telegraph, he was also that newspaper's Heritage columnist and TV critic. He has two children from his first marriage and, following a sojourn in his ancestral county of Lincolnshire, now lives with his second wife in London. He has listed his recreations as gluttony, sloth, watching cricket at the Oval and hanging round stage-doors and unsaddling enclosures.

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