Friday, 19 July 2019

Quizzers Starter Pack #3

Quizzers Starter Pack #3
Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

The next entry on the Quizzers Start Pack list is another weighty tome, but one which has proved invaluable in recent years, especially as I started to play in tougher quizzes. I am finding it hard to describe just what this work consists of, but it is essentially an A-Z guide of, well everything.
Actually I think the easiest thing to do is post the Amazon blurb...
'This is, in fact, not what you were looking for; but it's much more interesting' Terry Pratchett
Much loved for its wit and wisdom since 1870, Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable takes you on a captivating adventure through its trademark blend of language, culture, myth and legend. Nowhere else could the histories of the guillotine and Guinness stout sit so comfortably alongside the KGB and the Keystone Kops. Brewer's is a catalogue of curiosities and absurdities that, over almost 150 years in print, has acquired near-mythical status.
Edited by Susie Dent, this new edition includes a brand new Collection of Curious Words and many new and updated entries. Its pages brim with esoteric and entertaining oddities - everything from curious customs to the world of newspapers and political alliances of yesteryear - all seen through the distinctive Brewer lens.
This twentieth edition of Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable encapsulates all the charm and wit that characterise its predecessors and maintains the standards of scholarship and eclecticism that have long been its hallmark.
Whether you're a committed Brewerphile or a newcomer to its pages of fascinating entries, this edition will draw you in and keep you glued to its rich mix of eccentric nuggets.
As Susie Dent explains in the foreword, Brewer's "is unlike any other reference book that exists, anywhere."
So there we go, a perfect description of a book that has proved so valuable in terms of quiz writing and playing (as well as the simple fact that its so fun to read) that it is worthy of a place on any book shelf!

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