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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable Paperback – 29 Oct 2010


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  • Paperback: 1488 pages
  • Publisher: Chambers; 18 edition (29 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055010030X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0550100306
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 5.7 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 381,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'By judicious updating and editing and by dint of its elegant design and printing, this latest edition retains as strong a place in its reference market niche as it ever did; long may that continue.'

(Stuart James, Past Editor, Reference Reviews, and formerly University Librarian, University of Paisley, UK)

An idiosyncratic adventure, pulling you in and saying: "this is, in fact, not what you were

looking for; but it's much more interesting."

(Terry Pratchett)

Of all the dictionaries in the world [Brewer's] is the most like a treasure-hunt, where one phrase leads to another, and that to a third, and before you know what's happened, it's time for lunch. (Philip Pullman)

Brewer's head-words are so enticing and his definitions so eloquent that it's impossible to stop at one. An addiction may develop. (Carol Rumens, The Independent)

'The essential companion to your dictionary and thesaurus' (Writing Magazine)

Book Description

Take the scenic route to knowledge.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Francesco Patrice on 17 Jan 2011
A beautiful book crammed with 'facts' about the origin and meaning of all the fascinating sayings, idioms and magical stories one learns from being a child through to adulthood and that one repeats, without thinking of how they came about. I've had hours of enjoyment already just dipping in and out; a reference work that's an everyday read too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By crossword fanatic on 14 Feb 2011
I bought this book after reading some advice on how to solve a cryptic crossword ( also purchased from Amazon). I find however that Brewers is so informative and interesting that I spend more time reading it than using it for solving crosswords. A really great buy and a great time waster!!
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This reference book gets you hooked. You can dip in and out of it to find the origin of a particular story or character. Alternatively you can browse through it and lose many hours as you easily become engrossed. Useful for teachers or literacy students.
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By Miss DePlume on 8 April 2012
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This hefty tome more than lives up to its reputation - it is fascinating, enlightening, and apparently endlessly amusing. I'd give it 10 stars if I could.
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By David Jezard on 18 Feb 2012
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This was bought as a Christmas gift for a friend's father and he loved it and isw always referring to it.
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