James Moore, an author from Coates, had published his latest book, History's Narrowest Escapes
THE latest book by an author from Coates aims to take a sideways look at some of history’s most significant yet most forgotten events.
History’s Narrowest Escapes by James Moore, who grew up in the village near Cirencester, is full of good news stories from some of the bleakest times in history.
Speaking to the Standard, James Moore said: “The idea for it came out of living in a recession and there being so much doom and gloom about.
“It’s a really different look at history.”
The book contains 50 quirky stories from throughout history including the tale of the assassination plot to kill Winston Churchill and how a Soviet soldier saved the world from going to nuclear war by mistake in 1983.
James, who was a reporter with the Standard at the beginning of his literary career, explained that he is a big fan of the trivial nuggets of history that most people are unaware of.
He said: “History can often be quite dull and full of facts that people find difficult to get a handle on. But, looking at the more quirky stories can make it much more interesting.”
The father-of-two, who now lives in London, spent hours on end researching the book in the archives of the British Library.
Having written two books in the past and his latest one only just hitting the shelves, James is already getting started on his next publication.
“The next book that I’m working on is going to be about murders throughout history,” he said.
History’s Narrowest Escapes, co-written by Paul Nero, was published earlier this month by the History Press.
For more information, visit www.thehistorypress.co.uk.
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