Mark Mason

Mark Mason

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Mark Mason’s non-fiction includes Walk the Lines, for which he walked the entire London Underground system overground ('awesome' - BBC6 Music; 'an extraordinary odyssey' - Robert Elms), and The Importance of Being Trivial, a look at why we’re fascinated with trivia ('an irresistibly hapless charm' - The Guardian ; 'I loved the book' - Richard and Judy).

Mark has written for most national newspapers, as well as magazines from The Spectator to Four Four Two via The Oldie. He has also addressed the nation on many radio and TV networks, occasionally on subjects he knows something about.

His Move Along Please: Land's End to John O'Groats by Local Bus, was praised by Steve Wright as 'a good source of factoids, I'm thinking'. Mason is also the author of the Bluffer’s Guide to Bond and the Bluffer’s Guide to Football. Orion published his book on postcodes Mail Obsession in 2015 and Question Time on our national craze for quizzes in 2017. His The Book of Seconds on the glorious (or inglorious) individuals from history who came second was published by Orion in 2018.

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The Book Of Seconds by Mark Mason

Did you know that the second man to swim the Channel drank 20 drops of champagne every hour? Or that the second crew to land on the Moon danced to a pop song in zero gravity? Or that the second man to run a sub-4-minute mile once stopped to check on a fallen rival - but still managed to win the race?

You probably didn't - because seconds never get the attention they deserve. This book reveals the people and things who until now have been kept in the shadow of the firsts. We'll glory in the achievements of the nearly-men and nearly-women, not to mention nearly-skyscrapers, nearly-LPs and nearly-deserts.

Above all we'll see how so-called 'runners-up' can be exciting, intriguing and heroic. Step forward, seconds - your time in the spotlight has come at last.

    Other Publications

    by Mark Mason

      The Book Of Seconds
      Question Time
      Mail Obsession
      Move Along Please
      Walk The Lines