A faultlessly amusing and facinating insight into England's peculiar penchant for churning out eccentrics. Though I suspect these are becoming more scarce in the contemporary rarified air of England's PC culture. What makes these characters so readable is their collective yet accepted strangeness within the collage of the English people. Even a nation as individualistic as the United States cannot claim to have the historical wealth of wierdos that England has.
I found it noteworthy that not a few of the eccentrics highlighted by Timpson have found their calling as men of the cloth or have come from the gentrified classes. No shortage of oddballs with Sir or Reverend at the front of their name. Reverend Teddy Boston for instance has an operating steam railway in his backyard. Reverend Ronald Lancaster the 'Pyrotechnic Parson' engages in setting of some of the largest fireworks displays in the world.
Tremendous fun to read, and a celebration of the idiosyncratic tendancy towards freedom of action and thought among traditional English.