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Lead book review

The year of living dangerously

Atrocities, assassinations and spectacular accidents were just some of the horrors that marked 1922, says Richard Davenport-Hines

8 January 2022

9:00 AM

8 January 2022

9:00 AM

1922: Scenes from a Turbulent Year Nick Rennison

Oldcastle Books, pp.244, £12.99

Sixty years ago the Daily Express ran a regular feature entitled ‘Just Fancy That!’ Each short segment highlighted some strange coincidence or weird incident that would hook readers’ interests. Human oddities, unlucky mischances, freaks of nature and improbable statistics were dealt out every day. It made for easy reading, but sometimes gave pause for thought.

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