The Double Dangerous Book for Boys

The Double Dangerous Book for Boys
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Spark your imagination, forge your own adventures and unearth long-lost skills. In this long-awaited follow-up to his much-loved bestseller, written with his sons Cameron and Arthur, Conn Iggulden presents a brand-new compendium of cunning schemes, projects, tricks, games and tales of extraordinary courage. Whether it’s building a flying machine (keep your temper with this one) or learning how to pick a padlock (or your own front door, but not someone else’s), discovering our forgotten explorers and the world’s greatest speeches, or mastering the lauded task of solving a Rubik’s cube, The Double Dangerous Book for Boys is the ultimate companion to be cherished by readers and doers of all ages.

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HarperCollinsPublishers

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First published by HarperCollinsPublishers 2019

FIRST EDITION

Text © Conn Iggulden, Arthur Iggulden and Cameron Iggulden, 2019

Illustrations © Nicolette Caven, 2019

Cover and internal design © Simeon Greenaway

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Source ISBN: 9780008332983

Ebook Edition © October 2019 ISBN: 9780008299682

Version 2019-10-28

CONTENTS

Cover

Title Page

Picking Locks

Extraordinary Stories – Part One: Ernest Shackleton

Old British Coins

Flying Machines

Questions About the World – Part One: What is the tallest mountain on earth? Why does the earth have a magnetic field? Where are the hottest and the coldest places on earth? What was Pangaea? Is the earth slowing down? What are the longest rivers?

Tying a Windsor Knot

Advice from Fighting Men

Kintsugi

The Fastest Laces in the West

Finding the Height of a Tree

How to Start a Fire with a Battery

Questions About the Law – Part One: Can the Queen be charged with a crime? Is treason still a crime? When can the police stop and search you? What is the highest court authority in Britain? Can you be tried twice for the same crime?

Chess Openings

Great British Trees

Hanging Tools on a Wall

Interesting Chemical Reactions

Regiments of the British Army

Making a Board Game

Great Tales of the Past

Making a Stink Bomb

Gods of Greece and Rome

Balloon Dog and Sword

Johnny Ball – Maths Puzzles I

Famous Horses

The Rules of Ultimate Frisbee

Solving the Rubik’s Cube

Great Ruins

Things to Do: Two Table Tricks

The Endless Card

The Commonwealth

Stress Balls and Rollers

Three Greek Legends Every Boy Should Know

Things to Do: Two Table Games

Extraordinary Stories – Part Two: Mount Cook, 1982

Making Perfume

Empires of Gold: Akkadian, Persian, Greek, Mayan, Roman, Mongol, Aztec, Ottoman, British

Johnny Ball – Maths Puzzles II

Two Great Card Games: Nomination Whist and Cheat

The Paper Box

Five Great Speeches

Things to Do: Frustration Games

The History of Navigation: The Ancients to the Mars Lander

Casting in Clear Resin

Five More Poems Every Boy Should Know

Famous Battles: Cunaxa, Brunanburh, Towton

The Summer Meal: Starter, Lasagne, Tiramisu

British Birds

Shotguns

Forgotten Explorers

How to Wire a Plug and Make an Inspection Lamp

Writing a Thank-You Letter

Five Great Mathematicians: Pythagoras, Euclid, Newton, Einstein, Hawking

The Best Paper Aeroplane in the World – Take Two

The Twelve Caesars

Jumping Paper Frog

Extraordinary Stories – Part Three: Victor Gregg

More Quotes from Shakespeare

Making an Igloo

British Prime Ministers

Making a Pencil Catapult

British Sign Language

Forty Quotations Worth Knowing

Questions About the Law – Part Two: Does the death penalty still exist? What rights do you have in a police station once you’re under arrest? How and when can you legally use force in self-defence? Who has the right to enter your home and when? What happens if you’re maliciously targeted by the police?

Elastic-Band Gun

Making a Cup of Coffee

Polishing Boots like the British Army

Questions About the World – Part Two: How many active volcanoes are there? How many satellites orbit the earth? How deep can we go? How do we generate electricity? What is the universe made of?

Extraordinary Stories – Part Four: Hunting a King

Johnny Ball – Maths Puzzles III

Strength Exercises Every Boy Should Do

More Books Every Boy Should Read

Things that Didn’t Go In

Imperial and Metric Measures

The Last Word

Acknowledgements

Additional contributors

Picture credits

About the Publisher


In this long-awaited follow-up to his much-loved bestseller, written with his sons Cameron and Arthur, Conn Iggulden presents a brand-new compendium of cunning schemes, projects, tricks, games and tales of extraordinary courage.

Whether it’s building a flying machine, learning how to pick a lock, discovering the world’s greatest speeches or mastering a Rubik’s cube, The Double Dangerous Book for Boys is the ultimate companion, to be cherished by readers and doers of all ages.