A brand-new and expanded edition of the essential and unique annotated companion to the complex world of quotations. The only quotations dictionary that tells the stories behind the quotations, as well as providing full details of date and source. Offers detailed insights into a host of misremembered, misattributed and generally problematic quotations. Compiled by quotations expert Nigel Rees, well known for his appearances on Radio Four's long-running Quote ... Unquote. Informative and amusing: a winning blend of carefully researched fact and entertaining anecdote. Includes a helpful Index of keywords.
Nigel Rees is the author of more than 50 books and a broadcaster who has presented scores of programmes on radio and television. He is the deviser and presenter of BBC Radio' Four's Quote... Unquote (first broadcast in 1976 and now heard all over the world), through which he has become an authority on the popular use of language in slogans, catchphrases, cliches, idioms and quotations. He lives in London W11.
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