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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Biteback Publishing (25 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849542244
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849542241
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 501,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fred Metcalf's collection of political quotations is among the most superior... Use this book in two ways. Reach for it when you want to add the sharp tang of a ready-made quotation to a speech. And study it closely to discover the secrets of being quotable. --The Speechwriter

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Fred Metcalf is the author of many titles including the Penguin Book of Modern Humorous Quotations and the Penguin Book of Jokes.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By William Cohen VINE VOICE on 24 Nov. 2012
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Fred Metcalf wrote many of David Frost's best lines, he's also anthologised jokes and quotations for Penguin in the past. This collection is fresh, drawing from sources such as Twitter (which justifies a new purchase) and quirky.

I was pleased to discover some writers I'd never heard of before like Sally Poplin, who is quite sharp, and Michael Deacon, who writes sketches for the Daily Telegraph. It was also fun to find many of Boris Johnson's best.

As a speechwriter, I bought the book to add to my armoury of witticisms to relax audiences (as Metcalf points out many speeches fail because of lack of humour). You can't always see the value of a quote until you've tried it out, but these quotations are short and the familiar feedline -punchline structure is there in most of them. One quibble, there is no index of contributors in the back, which is useful when you're trying to find a quotation you half remember.

Still, it will be the first book I turn to in 2013 when I'm struggling for inspiration.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. I. Taylor on 12 Feb. 2013
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A very enjoyable and insightful book for those who enjoy wit at its best. It makes you realise the power of a few well-chosen words.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Beverley Evans on 24 Jun. 2013
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its ok to dip in and out of if you are bored to while away the time but it is not for along read
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Roger on 24 Dec. 2012
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A great book to keep,to hand for those times when you're waiting around for something or someone. Be warned though, you will get glared at by other sitters and waiters, as you find yourself chuckling at some of the witty, or even cutting remarks.
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By Clarsach on 26 Aug. 2013
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An amusing enough collection, though most / all are already in the public domain. Passed an airport hour or two.
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By JK-Saltdean on 10 Aug. 2013
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You may like it depending on your sense of humour. There are of course some very good humorous quotations some you will have heard many times before. Nevertheless it could be useful to quote some of these at gatherings like weddings, etc. etc.
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