More than just a collection of folklore, PHANTOM HITCHHIKERS & OTHER URBAN LEGENDS is also a detective story, exploring the real events behind modern myths, proving that truth is often stranger than fiction. English writer and historian Albert Jack became a publishing phenomenon in 2004 when his first book Red Herrings and White Elephants, which explored the origins of well-known phrases in the English language, became a huge international best-seller, staying in the top ten of the UK Sunday Times best-seller list for sixteen months.
His follow up book Shaggy Dogs and Black Sheep was also a best seller and has sold over 150,000 copies since publication in October 2005. It became Penguin Book's Christmas best-seller - he has now published 12 books in the U.S.
Fascinated by discovering the truth behind the world's great stories, Jack has become an expert in explaining the unexplained. The success of his books has a lot to do with Albert's invention of what he calls the "ten minute read," enabling readers to open his books at any point and be fully entertained for ten minutes at a time before "going off to do something more productive with their time."
Currently hosting a series of Writer's Workshops in England and South Africa, Albert has plans for another ten hard backs that look set to continue his success for many years to come.
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