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Our August event is a Cream Tea and Meet the Author with Mark Bridgeman author of The Dark Side of the Dales and now The Nearly Man.

Francis Metcalfe almost became one of Britain's notable war heroes, poets, writers, adventurers, businessmen and criminals. If Metcalfe had succeeded, he would doubtless be immortalised in history. Instead, his incredible adventures through some of history's forgotten events had become lost in time, until his story was painstakingly unearthed for this book.

The Nearly Man is the true, yet almost unbelievable, story of one man's incredible life, beginning in rural Scotland in the reign of Queen Victoria, and ending on the west coast of Canada in the 1970s. In one of the 20th century's great untold stories we travel with Francis Metcalfe on an amazing journey from the great estates of Scotland to the battlefields of Flanders, and the trenches of the Somme. His associations with the soon-to-be famous and his brushes with death were followed by his heroics in the ice fields of Arctic Russia, wasted years in post-war London, and a narrow escape from being murdered by Sinn Fein in Ireland.
After a spell in prison for fraud, Metcalfe became a fugitive from Scottish Law as he engineered a daring escape to France, while the attention of the police was diverted. After hiding in Paris during the 1920s, among the 'Lost Generation' of writers, Metcalfe was arrested at gunpoint and thrown in France's most notorious jail. In his own words, Metcalfe tells the astounding story of his flight from justice, his subsequent trial, imprisonment, followed by release, his second escape from the police, his capture and his decision to start a new life in Canada.

This event will take place at The Stripey Badger August 2022 (date to be advised) at 2:30pm

This event is one of our Cream Tea and Meet the Author Events. A perfect way to find your new favourite book you will be treated to a delicious cream tea and scone whilst getting to listen, and discuss, all about books with some really great authors. Tickets for these events are £5 and include your cream tea and scone and can be purchased either in the The Stripey Badger Bookshop or online here


How to contact us

The Stripey Badger is in the main square of Grassington.

7 The Square, Grassington, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 5AQ

Telephone: 01756 753583



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