Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
As well as a mammoth of quiz books at home I have a stack of reference works. Sometime ago I paid around £20 for Brewsters Dictionary of Phrase and Fable only to discover a cheaper version of the book that Wordsworth publish for under £4. Yes, this is an older version but there is not a massive deal missing from this that appears in the newer Brewsters and the core information is all in here. In fact, there is actually facts in this cheaper version not in the full priced, updated editions.
The book really is a wonderful work of reference covering everything from mythology, modern sayings, the roots of words and barrels and barrels of other information. Me describing it really cannot do it justice but its well worth getting and an ideal gift for anyone interested in fascinating facts and information, quizzing knowledge of just food for the brain!
Here is a link to buy the book at a very low price on Amazon. well worth it.
If you are interested in the excellent updated edition as well here is the link to that....