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Great Hoaxers, Artful Fakers and Cheating Charlatans (Hardback)

P&S History > True Crime

By Sue Blackhall, Nigel Blundell
Imprint: Wharncliffe True Crime
ISBN: 9781844680634
Published: 16th July 2009
Last Released: 26th October 2009



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The slogan of the successful huckster is: 'There's a sucker born every minute'. No catchphrase better describes the art of the hoaxer, faker, cheat and charlatan ­ a fascinatingly fraudulent assembly of whom are gathered in this book. Some are suave and charming; others have far less appealing characteristics. But every one of them displays a single-minded determination to get one over on the unwary and the unsuspecting. Among the phonies and philanderers who had a field day at the expense of others were: the fake pilot who conned his way into airline cockpits (and into the beds of countless ladies along the way); the author who fooled publishers with the 'biography' of a man he¹d never met; the fake royal who falsely assumed an illustrious lineage, and the phantom pianist whose
magical music was entirely the work of others.

There were also art forgers who delighted in conning the cognoscenti. And there were those with more mundane ambitions ­ to be loved, to be rich or simply to be respected. Together they make up an astonishingly varied
gallery of fakers, forgers, charlatans and cheats, with a few hoaxers and pranksters practising their tricks along the way.

Various motives link the disparate bunch of characters assembled in this book but they have one thing in commons the astonishingly brazen way in which they have pulled off their fantastic fakery while pulling the wool over the eyes of the rest of us!

As featured in The Sunday People

As featured in

Sunday Mirror 28/1/18

About Sue Blackhall

SUE BLACKHALL is an ex-Fleet Street writer who co-wrote the Top Ten expos Fall of the House of Windsor, which first revealed the so-called Squidgygate tape and the infidelity of both Princess Diana and Prince Charles. She has written a number of other titles covering subjects as diverse as military history, celebrity scandals, ghosts and the paranormal.

 Nigel Blundell

About Nigel Blundell

NIGEL BLUNDELL is a journalist who has worked in the United States, Australia and Great Britain. He spent twenty-five years in Fleet Street before becoming a contributor to national newspapers and magazines. He is author of more than fifty factual books, many on crime and criminal behaviour.

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