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Harry Oliver
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8 Jun 2009
We have all touched wood to ward off misfortune, or seen a bride throw a bouquet over her head at a wedding, but how often do we stop to think about where such customs come from, or why we still use them? The truth is that behind many of our daily rituals and beliefs lies a fascinating history of weird and wonderful notions, some rational, others fanciful, that provide a rich and entertaining addition to our lives. In this charming and endlessly diverting book, best-selling author Harry Oliver has delved into the stories behind our rich traditions to explain them to us with characteristic wit and flair, in a gem of a volume that will clear up any of the niggling doubts you may have about our everyday beliefs. So before you search for any more four-leaf clovers, worry about the next Friday 13th or tell someone that chocolate will give them spots, dip into this amazing tome and discover the truth about our diverse beliefs so that next time your ear itches you'll know if someone's really talking about you!

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Metro Books (8 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844548112
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844548118
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 18.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 285,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Writer and Editor Harry Oliver holds a fascination for the quirky stories that lie behind aspects of our everyday lives. His previous book March Hares and Monkeys' Uncles as a bestselling look at the origins of phrases, and for this new volume he has turned his attentions elsewhere to come up with an equally fascinating look at old wives' tales and superstitions. Author of two other books, he lives and works in London.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab book 10 Feb 2014
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Bought this for my daughter but I love reading it too. Its very interesting finding out where superstitions come from and the history behind them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read 16 Feb 2013
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This book is really enjoyable for some light hearted reading. I will definitely have a look for other books this author has written.
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I loved this book, and enjoyed it as I enjoyed all of Mr Oliver's offerings. I received his series as a gift and have pored over the entries with interest - Harry's books are the sort you dip in and out of and never fail to learn something new from. fantastic!
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