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  • Hardcover: 1728 pages
  • Publisher: Chambers; 9 edition (Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0550106936
  • ISBN-13: 978-0550106933
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 16.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 223,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chambers Biographical Dictionary is quite easily the best reference book in the world (Sunday Telegraph)

Simply all you need to know about anyone (Fay Weldon)

Incomparably the best (The Sunday Times)

Some people leave a deeper footprint in the sands of time than others. In these pages we have access to their particular stories and identities. It is a rich cornucopia of life experience (Dame Joan Bakewell)

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Just about all the people who really matter in one handy and endlessly browsable book.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. E. Soanes on 3 July 2013
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This book is full of very useful facts. One drawback, however, is the very small print, but I was warned of this before purchase. The other drawback is some difficulty in finding facts as there is no alphabetical listing to the index and it is not always clear regarding under what heading your required information can be found.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By PaulD on 4 Sept. 2011
I upgraded from the 5th edition to the new 9th edition.The older one boasts 20,000 entries but the new one only 18,000. So who has been deleted and on what basis. As I use the book mainly for crossword solving this could be a worry causing me to keep the old version alongside the new. The more frustrating aspect is the small typeface and the faint print. This is still an outstanding book but some people may need to consider buying a magnifying glass in order to decipher the small print.
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This is an excellent reference book, with some 18,000 entries and is reasonably up to date. It is invaluable for finding answers to crossword puzzles. The typescript is small but quite easy to read.
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By bkp on 17 Dec. 2013
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My existing reference book was hopeless for finding the name of a composer, explorer, physicist etc so I have invested in Chambers which is very comprehensive.
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By Hopalong on 16 July 2014
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There seems to be more than one Ninth Edition! the one offered differed slightly from the one received. Nevertheless, I no longer need to use a Fifth Edition
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This is really rather good. Anyone who is anything seems to be in here. It hasn't let me down yet when looking for infomation via the Listener crossword.
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We had an old edition of the biographical dictionary from before 2000. This one has more entries especially on people still living.
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The best book on my bookshelf - what an absolute mine of information !! A copy should be in everyone's library.....
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