Telegraph writer Christopher Middleton says, “It's amazing that The Dangerous Book For Boys ever got published, really, given the deeply unfashionable connotations surrounding two out of the five words in the title (the ones that aren't "The", "Book" and "For").
It has become a bestseller in the UK, and is being released in America.
"In this age of video games and mobile phones, there must still be a place for knots, tree-houses and stories of incredible courage," say the British authors. Middleton reports that “as well as serving as a practical manual of Just William-type tasks (training dogs to do tricks, making waterbombs out of paper), their book bristles with stirring tales of Douglas Bader and Horatio Nelson-type heroism - plus an unshakeable faith in the virtues of being active rather than passive.”
Hooray. It's that kind of thinking that established democracy and abolished the slave trade.
Conn and Hal Iggulden published The Dangerous Book in 2006. Conn released the fourth and final book in his best-selling Emperor series in 2005. His literary influences include Patrick O'Brian, David Gemmell, Bernard Cornwell, George MacDonald Fraser, Wilbur Smith, C. S. Forester, and Rudyard Kipling.