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Mr. Hartston's Most Excellent Encyclopaedia of Useless Information [Hardcover]

William Hartston
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25 Aug 2006
Useless information - we can't get enough of it. Everywhere you look these days, there is a new book of trivia, a new web page, a new column in the newspaper, all containing a wealth of fascinatingly useless tidbits. Finding the answers to questions you'd never thought to ask, reading an off-the-wall statistic, or browsing through lists of zany facts is always a refreshing and amusing distraction from the tawdry details of everyday life. But this is no ordinary list of random facts. Unlike other books of useless information, it is organised alphabetically and full of cross references so that all those hilarious entries can be enjoyed and shared with other like-minded trivia fanatics. This is a treasure chest of a book for anyone whose curiosity extends beyond the worthy and dull to the eccentric and amusing!

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  • Hardcover: 467 pages
  • Publisher: Metro Books,London (25 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843581604
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843581604
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 12.2 x 18.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 877,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Hartston read Mathematics at Cambridge and is the author of many chess books, while his interest in useless information has given rise to The Drunken Goldfish (a tribute to useless academic research), How Was It For You, Professor (a book on academic sex research), Odd Dates Only (a book of weird anniversaries) and The Book of Numbers (a collection of weird numerical information). Since 1998, he has been writing the daily Beachcomber column of surreal humour for the Daily Express.

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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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