Description - Under the Weather by Tom Fort
Tom Fort, whose writing has been variously described as 'jocund', 'slightly loopy', 'unbelievable poignant' and 'deeply peculiar', travels around Britain experiencing some of its extremer cliates and some of its more typical with a view to explaining what we make and have made of the British weather and what is has made of us. here are two interlocking strands- the story of those who - moved to an exceptional, sometimes obsessive degree by the fascination felt by so many of us sought to know and understand our weather and the story of its impact on us - our history, our culture, the way we think and behave. He focuses on the people - the clergymen, the gentlemen of leisure, the crackpots, visionaries, charlatans and shysters, all now largely or utterly forgotten - who volunteered and toiled for the cause, telling their stories by tracking them down to the places - usually their own gardens - where they indulged their quite passion for measuring rainfall, scrutinising dewdrops tapping their barometers and peering at their thermometers. Once their age - of the amateur scientist - was over, and the business of weather forecasting was annexed by professionals with state backing
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(199mm x 130mm x 21mm)
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Author Biography - Tom Fort
Tom Fort read English at Balliol College, Oxford before going on to work as a reporter on a newspaper and then on to the BBC where he worked for over 20 years. He is married with five children and is the author of three other books. (The Grass is Greener, The Far From Compleat Angler and The Book of Eels, published by Harper Collins). He is currently writing his next book.