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Foolish King

Foolish King

by Mark Price and Martin Brown

Hardback Publication Date: 01/09/2016

A mythical story about the origins of chessperhaps the best childs introduction to chess ever! Beautiful and funny illustrations, learn to play chess with the characters of the story. Enter a world of talking birds and hardworking bugsbut a rotten apple lurks in the barrel! The king of this world has no thought for his kingdom and has plundered it to its depths. From this despair two clever children escape into a secret land and discover a world created by insects. Here everything is fertile and well-ordered, the creatures play a special game that stops them fighting and helps them garden. Can the children take the order they have found and rescue their kingdom? This interactive book helps children learn the chess moves and rules. There are puzzles to solve and an ultimate chess game to follow as part of the story.
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Publication Date:
David Fickling Books
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
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Mark Price

Mark Price lived in Crewe as a child and attended Crewe Grammar School for Boys. He read Archaeology and Ancient History at Lancaster University graduating in 1982. In that year he joined The John Lewis Partnership as a Graduate Trainee and remained with the company for 33 years eventually retiring in March 2016.

Mark was Managing Director of Waitrose for the preceding 10 years and Deputy Chairman of The John Lewis Partnership for 3 years. From 2010 - 2016 he was the founding Chairman of The Prince's Countryside Fund for HRH The Prince of Wales. In 2011 Mark was appointed as Chairman of Business in the Community, a position he held for 4 years.

Alongside his responsibility for running Waitrose Mark joined the Channal 4 TV board in 2010 as a Non Executive Director. In 2013 he was appointed Deputy Chairman. He stepped down from the role in April 2016 when he joined the UK Government, at the invitation of the Rt Hon David Cameron PM, as Minister of State for Trade and Investment. He was made a life peer in February 2016 to become The Lord Price CVO and Baron Price of Sturminster Newton.

Mark was reappointed in the Rt Hon Teressa May's post Brexit Government with specific responsibility for negotiating the UKs future trade deals.

Mark's first book 'The Great British Picnic Guide' was published in 2008. That began Mark writing for pleasure in his spare time. 'The Food Lover's Handbook' was published in 2016 and record what he learned about food and drink during his 17 years on the Waitrose board. His first children's book 'The Foolish King' were also published in 2016. In 2017 he published his first business books: Fairness for all and Workplace Fables.

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