MAIL OBSESSION by Mark Mason
Mark Mason has embarked on a tour of the country, collecting trivia from every one of Britain’s 124 postcode areas. On the lookout for interesting place names and unusual monuments, along the way he discovers what the Queen keeps in her handbag, why the Jack Russell has a white coat and how Jimi Hendrix got confused by the M1. He visits the Harrogate hotel where Agatha Christie hid for eleven days, a bungalow in Kent that can’t get a mobile phone signal because of the Second World War, and the grave of a Scottish duke whose legs had to be cut off so he could fit in his coffin.
At the same time Mason paints an affectionate portrait of Britain in the 21st century, from aggressive seagulls in Blackpool to ‘seasoned’ drinkers in Surrey. And his travels offer the perfect opportunity to delve into the history of the Royal Mail, complete with pillar boxes, posties and Penny Reds – plus Oscar Wilde’s unconventional method of posting a letter.
A charming mix of fact, anecdote and overheard conversation, Mail Obsession pays homage to Britain’s wonderful past and its curious present.