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The Book of the Year

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A hilarious, trivia-filled survey of the past twelve months by the team behind the award-winning podcast, No Such Thing As A Fish

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No Such Thing As A Fish is a team of researchers who work on the BBC TV show QI. Each week they gather together in their Covent Garden office and record a podcast discussing the most interesting facts they've discovered over the previous seven days. In the three years since it launched, the show has attracted 1.4 million weekly listeners, won multiple awards, been transformed into the spin-off topical BBC2 TV series No Such Thing As The News, performed a sell-out UK tour, and been named one of iTunes' top 10 most downloaded podcasts of 2016. The team is made up of James Harkin, Andrew Hunter Murray, Anna Ptaszynski and Dan Schreiber. James is the head writer on QI, with ten series and five bestselling books under his belt. He has also appeared on TV quiz shows Fifteen to One and Only Connect, reaching the semi-finals in the latter and embarrassingly crashing out of the former. Andrew is a writer and comedian who also contributes to Private Eye magazine, is a member of the improv troupe Austentatious, and has staged his own one-man show at the Edinburgh Fringe. He is known to fans (his mum) as 'Lightning'. Anna is a QI scriptwriter who has previously worked in Scottish politics and Australian advertising, as well as selling fruit wine and hay-baling in the Highlands. She refuses to join Twitter. #GetAnnaOnTwitter Dan loves yetis.


"Jolly, packed with impressive and silly facts . . . hooray for No Such Thing As A Fish." * Observer * "Knowledge-packed and riotously funny." * The Times * "A factually relevant look at a baffling 12 months." -- Best Books for Christmas * iNews * "It's fair to say the podcast has been "quite" successful. Its episodes have been listened to more than 100 million times, with 1.5 million new streams every month . . . The Book of the Year [is] a compendium of topical facts in 365 categories. It's laced with their dry wit, and likely to end up in many a pub-quizzer's Christmas stocking." * Daily Telegraph * "[No Such Thing As A Fish] drop so many facts your head will spin!" * Guardian * "No Such Thing As A Fish is the hit podcast presented by the funny guys and girls at QI . . . The Book of the Year shares all of the lesser known facts from the year of 2017." -- Steve Wright, BBC Radio 2 "Brilliant and funny . . . educational as well as entertaining. A rare but valuable combination." * Huffington Post * "Hugely enjoyable . . . this tome is just right: deadpan, sharp and disarmingly offbeat." * Event * "If you love funny facts as much as we love funny facts then you should get your funny fact-loving faces in front of The Book of the Year." -- Comedy Central (via @ComedyCentralUK) "QI is such an institution that even the programme's researchers are taking over the world. Fully justified that is too, as anyone who's heard their podcast, No Such Thing As A Fish, will confirm. It's packed with killer facts - and so is this book." * Daily Mail * "Absolutely ideal for the Christmas holidays." -- Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 6 "A bumper anthology of ridiculous but true facts from the anoraks (and QI researchers) behind hit podcast No Such Thing As A Fish." * Metro * "Bitesize chunks of truth in a year of fake news. If you love fact-based trivia, you'll get a kick out of this." -- Funniest Books for Christmas * Irish Times * "Since 2003, the Elves have unearthed countless weird and wonderful truths and gems of general ignorance for QI, their 100-million-times-downloaded weekly podcast No Such Thing as A Fish, topical TV spin-off No Such Thing as the News and their many books, such as their newly released Book of the Year." * Radio Times * "Expect to be amazed." * Daily Telegraph *

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