On a Pedestal: A Trip around Britain's Statues

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This is a book for people who are interested in statues . . .

and for people who aren't. It explores those immortalised in marble and bronze - and what the rest of us think about them. As Roger Lytollis travels Britain he encounters a man at Liverpool's Beatles statue convinced that Rod Stewart was in the Fab Four.

In Edinburgh he walks into a row over Greyfriars Bobby's nose and in Glasgow learns why the Duke of Wellington wears a traffic cone on his head. London brings a controversial nude statue and some hard truths about racism. Elsewhere, Roger sees people dancing with Eric Morecambe, finds a statue being the backdrop to a marriage proposal and, everywhere he goes, pigeons.

Always pigeons. On a Pedestal is the first book to examine public statues around the nation. It looks at their emergence onto the front line of our culture wars; the trend for portraying musicians, sports stars and comedians rather than monarchs, politicians and generals; the inspirational stories of many of those commemorated on our streets, such as suffragettes and the only soldier awarded a Victoria Cross on D-Day.
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Manufacturer/Publisher: Little Brown
Binding: Hardback
Author: Roger Lytollis
Date Published: 2021
Pagination: 304p

SKU: 9781472146137