Money For Old Rope Publishing

Welcome to Albert Jack’s History Pages



Money for Old Rope Parts 1 & 2 – are a ‘best of’ collection of best-selling books that reveal the origins and history of just about everything we can think of. In fact, as one wise man suggested, it is the history of everything you didn’t realise you wanted to know about, until you found out about it. A must have for dinner conversations and pub chat the world over, this book of history will help to make you feel clever.

In this edition we reveal the history of more of our favourite phrases and learn why the riot act is read, somebody nails their colours to the mast, we can be double crossed, what  a red herring is, why it can be cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey and why this name may be considered mud. There are hundreds more tales from history that explain how the English language became so rich and expressive.

Then famous urban legends also get an airing including the creepy case of a frozen Walt Disney, the legendary stolen kidney story and did Keith Moon really drive his roller into a swimming pool?  These tales are hilariously explained along with many others. Then the world’s great mysteries are covered in ten minutes flat and the truth about Bigfoot, who really makes Crop Circles and what really happened to Glenn Miller, among others, is revealed. As are the true stories behind Little Miss Muffet, Humpty Dumpty, Ring a Ring a Roses and Little Jack Horner. Many more of our childhood favourite rhymes are also exposed in all of their gory glory.

Then, of course, the fabulous stories of The Marquis of Granby, The Red Lion, The Royal Oak, The Eagle and Child and the Blind Begger are revealed and why they are remembered in that typically English fashion of naming a high street pub after them. Loads more of our favourite local boozers also have a tale to tell involving a historic person, or event.

Then we move into the food section and we find out who Caesar was and what he did for your salad, how the people from Hamburg brought their hamburger with them from Germany, and who was Benedict and what did he have to do with breakfast eggs? The great stars from the past have also influenced our favourite foods and we find out what Anna Pavlova had to do with deserts and how Suzette flavoured our crepes. Of course such a section would not be complete until we find out how the opera star Dame Nellie Melba is responsible for your favourite ice cream and some thin toasted crackers.

Finally we turn to words and discover who was first Blotto, passed the buck and who staged the first Boycott. How the word google became part of our culture. The same too for the anoraks and why political rallies in Scotland first created the art of heckling. Who were the original patsy’s, what is Groundhog Day and who were the first dunces?

In fact, Money for Old Rope – Parts 1 & 2 reveal the delightful history of just about everything, from the Anoraks to the Zombies.

Albert Jack books available for download here


Albert Jack is a writer and historian. His first book Red Herrings and White Elephants explored the origins of well-known idioms and phrases and became an international best-seller in 2004. It was serialized in the Sunday Times and remained on their best-seller list for sixteen straight months. He followed this up with a series of other books including Shaggy Dogs and Black Sheep, Pop Goes the Weasel (Nursery Rhyme History) The Old Dog and Duck (Pub Name History) and What Caesar did for my Salad (Food History) & Last Man in London (Novel). His thirteenth title, They Laughed at Galileo, is due for release on May 7, 2015.

Fascinated by discovering the truth behind the world’s great stories, Albert has become an expert at explaining the unexplained, enriching millions of dinner table conversations and ending bar room quarrels the world over. He is now a veteran of hundreds of live television shows and thousands of radio programs worldwide. An accomplished public speaker Albert now lives somewhere between Cape Town and Chon Buri Province, Thailand. (2015)

56 thoughts on “Money For Old Rope Publishing

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