Donough O’Brien has enjoyed a successful career in advertising, PR, graphic design and film making. Creator of many articles, magazines and TV programmes, his first book Fringe Benefits was published in November 2000.
FAME BY CHANCE
An A-Z of places that became famous (or infamous) by a twist of fate
Foreword by Peter Ackroyd.
All over the world there are places that became famous forever because something extraordinary happened there by chance. Beautifully illustrated and carefully researched, Fame By Chance covers 380 such places with new insights and facts that are amusing, surprising and sometimes controversial – battles briefly waged, scenes of triumph and disaster, sites of murder and intrigue, centres of influential creativity and noted mythical places from books and film. How and why did; Angora, Tabasco, Duffel and Fray Bentos give us products good and bad; Kohima’s tennis court save India; Storyville’s 269 brothels helped it to create jaz; Botany Bay never saw any British convicts; Tay Bridge was a disaster avoided by Marx and Engels; ‘OK’ stands for a farmhouse; Ferrari chose the ‘Prancing Horse of Maranello’; Kyoto was saved from Hiroshoma’s terrible fate; The British built the Great Hedge of India; With 432 pages beautifully illustrated and carefully researched Fame By Chance covers 380 such places with new insights and facts that are amusing, surprising and sometimes controversial.
|Dimensions||246 x 189 x 30 mm|