Magazine article The Spectator

BOO K E N D S Our National Obsession

Magazine article The Spectator

BOO K E N D S Our National Obsession

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If Britain is serious about this Olympic legacy thing, we should get 'talking about the weather' added to the list of official sports.

We'd clean up at Rio. Strange, mind you, that we don't actually know very much about the subject which consumes so much of our conversation. How rainclouds form, why lightning happens, where Britain's first windmill was - that sort of thing.

One man determined to put this right is Charlie Connelly. Bring Me Sunshine (Little, Brown, £12.99) is his anecdotal, layman-friendly exploration of the elements and what they do to us.

Seathwaite in the Lake District, we learn, is Britain's wettest inhabited place (140 inches of rain a year, nearly six times London's figure but some way short of the world champion, Cherrapunji in India, which gets 463). …

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