The Vamps Quiz Book: 100 Questions on the British Pop Band

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Are you a fan of British band The Vamps? Have you recently discovered this exciting new group or seen them perform as supporting artists? Can you name all the tracks on their debut album? If you think you know about Bradley, Connor, James and Tristan or would like to find out more, you are certain to enjoy The Vamps Quiz Book. Which boy band did The Vamps support in the UK and Ireland on their ‘Word of Mouth’ world tour? In what year was the band’s debut single released? Which American actress and singer featured on the band’s song ‘Somebody to You’? The answers to these and similar questions can all be found inside. This book contains100 brain-teasers about The Vamps and includes singles, debut album, tour dates and awards as well as many personal details about each band member. If The Vamps is currently your favourite band you won’t want to be without this quiz book detailing the early days of the band’s promising career in pop.
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Chris Cowlin is an author, actor and entrepreneur. Born in London in 1980, Chris has achieved a great deal in a short space of time. With a background in printing and advertising, Chris owns a successful publishing company and is himself the author of 131 books. Chris has written on a range of subjects but specialises in football, sport, television and music. His books have been endorsed by many celebrities and sports personalities such as Jonathan Ross, Sir Alex Ferguson, Gary Mabbutt and Gary Lineker. His writing credits include a foreword for a book by notorious criminal, Charles Bronson, who Chris visited in prison on two occasions. He is also a regular contributor to The Sun, Daily Mirror and the letters page of local newspapers. A keen runner, Chris took part in the London marathon in 2012 and was shortlisted to carry the Olympic Flame in the same year. He regularly competes in running events across the UK and has raised over £35,000 for various charities. Chris also works as an actor, model and voice over artist. He has been involved in over 200 productions in the last two years including his personal highlight, appearing as an extra in the 2012 James Bond film, Skyfall. During his career, Chris has appeared in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles and been interviewed on radio stations across the UK, promoting his books and charity work. He actively participates in social media and has over half a million followers on Twitter. Chris has been involved in many local community events in recent years; a former local councillor, elected in March 2012, having a majority of 798 votes, beating both the Conservative Party and the Labour Party. He was also a very active school governor between 2010 and 2012. Chris now lives in London, and has two children, Harry and Aimee.
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Andrews UK Limited
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Jan 15, 2015
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Music / Genres & Styles / General
Music / Genres & Styles / Pop Vocal
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