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Meant to entertain children and adults alike, A Menagerie of Characters spans the length of the English alphabet with beautiful fluidity, playful alliteration, and gentle humor. Mr. Bottomly stops one afternoon at the Victoria Zoo, where he encounters the zookeeper, a lovely lady willing to show him around. The imaginative characters he comes…
This is the story of how he battled to save his own career while using every trick in his entrepreneurial book to secure supplies. He battled to outwit unscrupulous dealers on the back streets of cities such as Alexandria in Eygpt and persuaded customs authorities to turn a blind eye to his import schemes.
'It became a constant battle of wits against the enemy,' Woolton later recalled, 'with the harrowing certainty that if we failed, the people would go hungry.'
If Britain had gone hungry the outcome of the war could have been very different. This book, for the first time, finds out the real story of how Lord Woolton provided food for Britain and her colonies and discovers that for him there were days when it was literally a choice of eggs or anarchy.