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In Forkbeard's Wake: Coasting Around Scandinavia (Flamingo) Paperback – January 1, 2003

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Svein Forkbeard invaded England in 1014 and became Britain’s least–known (and shortest reigning) king. Fascinated by his exploits and armed with a degree in heroic literature, Ben Nimmo decided to find his own inner Viking by reversing the steps of Forkbeard’s journey. So he bought a boat and set out across the North Sea to the Baltic. But he soon discovered that the blood–soaked poetry of the sagas doesn’t offer an infallible guide to present–day Scandinavia. And a varied cast of small children and retired police chiefs, archaeologists, a dentist, and a dolphin, along with some perfectly hair–raising adventures, competed to teach him some (often hilarious) lessons about the Norse mindset. With wit and irreverence, In Forkbeard’s Wake conveys all the ludicrous, endearing, and addictive charm of Scandinavia.

About the Author

Ben Nimmo was born in Kendal in 1972 and grew up in Wolverhampton, where he still lives. He attended Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. As a musician he has played in a brass band in New Zealand, recorded a CD with his University Swing Band and played in the Albert Hall. He has spent time helping to rebuild a twelfth century castle in France and teaching scuba diving in Egypt and Belize. He now travels and writes full time.
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Product Details

  • Series: Flamingo
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK; First Printing edition (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007104758
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007104758
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,233,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on May 31, 2004
As an American of Norwegian descent who was raised in England, I found this book very interesting. Nimmo tells his tale in a quite funny way (VERY British), and skillfully weaves in old tales of Viking history. He points out the oft-overlooked impact of Norse upon English custom and language. The descriptions of the natives of Scandinavia he runs into give the reader a taste for having spoken to them personally. His run-ins with various types are often absurdly humorous. If you have a passing interest in Scandinavia and/or its history, this is a great book to pick up. It's very readable: you'll fly right through his skilled prose. In terms of style, think of this book as a combination of Paul Theroux and Douglas Adams!
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