A funny and fascinating new spin-off series from Mitch Symons - the revolting reference expert!
Mitchell Symons was born in London and educated at Mill Hill School and the LSE, where he studied Law. Since leaving BBC TV, where he was a researcher and then a director, he has worked as a writer, broadcaster and journalist. He was a principal writer of early editions of the board game Trivial Pursuit and has devised many television formats. Currently he writes an award-winning column for the Sunday Express.
Mitch knows more totally useless things about useless subjects than
anybody on Earth * Chris Tarrant *
Boys love facts. And the more disgusting these facts are, the
better. As I have mentioned on The Book Zone in the past, some of
the most popular books in the school library are The Guiness
Book of Records and Ripley's Believe It Or Not. Every
break time there are groups of boys gathered around the various
volumes of these that we have on the shelves, and sometimes we have
to step in and encourage them to enjoy them in a slightly less
rowdy manner, especially where Ripley's is concerned. Thus,
when these four books arrived from the generous people at Random
House I decided that before going through them myself I would put
them to the test in the school library. We took the boys'
favourites off the shelf for one break time and had these ready in
their place, and then sat back to observe their reaction.
Their reaction spoke volumes. After the initial disappointment at the absence of their glossy, large format favourites they were soon gathered around in their groups, taking it in turns to flick through whichever book they had in search of the grossest fact they could find. Cue raucous laughter and non-stop giggling for the next twenty minutes - Mitchell Symons's That's So Gross books passed the test with flying colours!