The Odditorium

  • The Odditorium is a playful re-telling of history, told not through the lens of its victors, but through the fascinating stories of a wealth of individuals who, while lesser-known, are no less remarkable. Step into a world of gloriously unpredictable characters such as the Victorian prankster who sent 30,000 objects through Royal Mail, a housewife who grew giant peanuts using atomic energy, Moondog the New York Viking, you'll find inspiring stories from heroic failures and visionaries who help us to find new ways to understand ourselves and the world around us.

    - Written by Ernest Journal editor Jo Keeling and David Bramwell
    - Historical stories about heroic failures, visionaries and pioneers

    - 255 pages of breakthroughs in thought, science and art 

    Throughout its pages you'll learn about the antics and adventures of tricksters, eccentrics, deviants and inventors. While their stories range from heroic failures to great hoaxes, one thing unites them - they all carved their own path through life. Each protagonist exemplifies the human spirit through their dogged determination, willingness to take risks, their unflinching obsession and, often, a good dollop of eccentricity.

  • The Odditorium is curated and written by Ernest Journal editor Jo Keeling and regular contributor David Bramwell, along with guest contributions from a host of talented writers including John Higgs, Daniel Maier, Tim Smith, Sarah Angliss, Tim Lott, James Burt, Simon Ingram and Richard Turner - published by Hodder & Stoughton.

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