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  • Top 10 of Britainby Hamlyn

    Octopus 2009; Not Available

    From the bestselling author of "Hamlyn's Top 10 of Everything" series comes a special collection of 250 unique lists that observe of the idiosyncrasies of our Isles and encompass everything British. Discover hundreds of essential, intriguing and bizarre facts about your country's most iconic subjects, including: the 10 most produced plays by Shakespeare;... more...

  • Secrets Of The Codeby Dan Burstein

    Orion 2010; Not Available

    Unauthorised (but authoritative) guide to the mysteries behind the phenomenal bestseller THE DA VINCI CODE more...

  • Secrets Of Angels And Demonsby Dan Burstein

    Orion 2010; Not Available

    SECRETS OF ANGELS AND DEMONS provides the curious reader with concise, authoritative explorations of the major themes that help propel the plot of Dan Brown's new bestseller, ANGELS AND DEMONS. This book will delight and engage everyone who finished ANGE more...

  • The Penguin Companion to Classical Musicby Paul Griffiths

    Penguin Books Ltd 2004; Not Available

    This superbly authoratitive new work provides a comprehensive A-Z guide to some 1000 years of Western music. It explores in detail the lives and achievements of a vast range of composers, as well as looking at such key topics as music history (from medieval plainchant to contemporary minimalism), performers, theory and jargon. Throught Griffiths skilfully... more...

  • Shakespeare's Wordsby David Crystal; Ben Crystal

    Penguin Books Ltd 2004; Not Available

    A vital resource for scholars, students and actors, this book contains glosses and quotes for over 14,000 words that could be misunderstood by or are unknown to a modern audience. Displayed panels look at such areas of Shakespeare's language as greetings, swear-words and terms of address. Plot summaries are included for all Shakespeare's plays and... more...

  • Funny You Should Say Thatby Andrew Martin

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; Not Available

    'A fool and his words are soon parted' wrote William Shenstone in 1764; one might add that 'A wit and his words are rarely collected'. Here is the antidote: a dazzling survey of the funniest remarks, quips and observations from Ancient Rome, the Bible and Chaucer right up to The Simpsons and Little Britain. Over 5,000 of the very funniest remarks to... more...

  • The English Yearby Steve Roud

    Penguin Books Ltd 2008; Not Available

    This enthralling book will take you, month-by-month, day-by-day, through all the festivities of English life. From national celebrations such as New Year?s Eve to regional customs such as the Padstow Hobby Horse procession, cheese rolling in Gloucestershire and Easter Monday bottle kicking in Leeds, it explains how they originated, what they mean... more...

  • Shaggy Dogs and Black Sheepby Albert Jack

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; Not Available

    The English language is crammed with colourful phrases and sayings that we use without thinking every day. It's only when we're asked who smart Alec or Holy Moly were, where feeling in the pink or once in a blue moon come from, or even what letting the cat out of the bag really means that we realize that there's far more to English than we might have... more...

  • Penguin Pocket Jokesby David Pickering

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; Not Available

    Have you heard the one about the man who walked into a bar? (Ouch!)... Penguin Pocket Jokes is essential (and hilarious) reading for anyone searching for the perfect joke. Whether you want a snappy wisecrack or a longer rib-tickler when making a speech, this easy-to-use guide will provide the perfect witticism. more...

  • The Secrets Of Nostradamusby David Ovason

    Random House 2012; US$ 25.00

    Walker argues that previous translations have got it wrong, because they have failed to realise that Nostradamus was writing in an esoteric language called the 'green language'. Where previous translations have seemed to stretch a point to make a quotation fit an historical event, Walker reveals the prophet's true prophecies regarding the American... more...