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Schott's Quintessential Miscellany
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The first Schott Miscellany since 2004. The three Schott's Miscellanies - Original, Food & Drink, and Sporting, Gaming and Idling - have between them sold more than 2.5 million copies in 21 languages throughout the world. Author publicity at the time of publication.

Praise for Schott's Original Miscellany 'Schott's Original Miscellany is without doubt the oddest, nay maddest, and possibly merriest, title you will come across in a long day's march through the shimmering desert of contemporary publishing' Observer 'This bizarre little book manages to be both totally useless and nearly indispensable' Daily Telegraph 'Entertaining, informative and unpredictable, Schott's Original Miscellany is a book like no other' Saga

About the Author

Ben Schott was born in North London in 1974. He was educated at University College School. Hampstead, and Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, where he read Social and Political Sciences. He has worked with the Independent, The Times, the Sunday Times, Reader's Digest and Sunday Business, amongst many others and has photographed celebrities from Hugh Grant to Tony Blair and Enoch Powell. Now a full-time writer, he has had columns with a number of publications including Conde Nast Traveller and the Daily Telegraph, and is now a regular contributor to the New York Times and The Times of London. He lives in London.

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Praise for Schott's Original Miscellany 'Schott's Original Miscellany is without doubt the oddest, nay maddest, and possibly merriest, title you will come across in a long day's march through the shimmering desert of contemporary publishing' Observer 'This bizarre little book manages to be both totally useless and nearly indispensable' Daily Telegraph 'Entertaining, informative and unpredictable, Schott's Original Miscellany is a book like no other' Saga

First published in 2003 as Schott's Original Miscellany, this retitled edition includes updates and revisions made by both Schott (Schott's Almanac) and those he terms his "eagle-eyed" readers. Though slender and pocket-sized, the compendium is filled with interesting trivia such as "Flag, Semaphore, and Morse Signals" and "Common Wall--Covering Symbols." Also included are curiosities such as "Beauty Spot Nomenclature." Entries are not alphabetized and no table of contents is included. Therefore, the book is recommended primarily as edifying entertainment, since locating specific entries (and knowing whether specific subjects are even included) will likely prove difficult, even with the help of the index. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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