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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 5 edition (17 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199681368
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199681365
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 4.1 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Just the source for a quote to enhance any speech or piece of writing, whatever your subject. (Writing Magazine)

the BEST bedside book in the world. (Vulpes Libris)

A perfect Christmas gift for just about anyone with a sense of humour. (Welsh Border Life)

Review from previous edition The ultimate guide to the sharpest, wryest and wittiest quips, put-downs and one-liners (Romford Recorder)

However you like your humour, there will be something here for you and I defy you to leaf through it and find nothing to bring a smile to the lips. (Herts Advertiser)

Does not disappoint... a brilliant manual for writers, after-dinner speakers and best men (South Wales Evening Post)

As always this companion instructs through laughter (Contemporary Review)

Buy the book (Beachcomber, Daily Express)

About the Author

Gyles Brandreth is a high profile comedian, writer, reporter on The One Show and keen participant in radio and TV quiz shows.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. F. Stevens HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 29 Dec. 2013
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A collection of humorous quotations that has a strange effect: if anybody picks it up intending to find a particular quote by a particular someone, the chances are that half an hour later they will have forgotten the original intention and still be reading it, smiling and chuckling, and raising curious glances from uninformed onlookers.

Giles Brandreth introduces us to the dictionary and the underlying rules for how the contents were selected, and also explains how his lifetime passion with collecting the 'strange and entertaining things people have said' qualified him to be chosen to edit this fifth edition.

There is a lot in here, and like all good things it is best taken in small doses, maybe ten minutes at a time for the best effect. This might be difficult, but some stern self-discipline in exercising abstinence will prove beneficial in ensuring it remains fresher for longer.

In addition to the 338 pages of quotations there is a `How to Use the Dictionary', a `List of Themes', a 33 page `Author Index', and a 91 page `Keyword Index'.

I found that at least ten percent of the quotes made me laugh, and the majority raised a smile. Quite a few of the remainder were simply no longer funny because the context of modern life had passed them by, but I think that their inclusion was still useful as an illustration of past times and mores.

Some random samples.

"The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it."
- Terry Pratchett

"My misdeeds are accidental happenings and merely the result of having been in the wrong bar or bed at the wrong time, say most days between midday and midnight.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gill VINE VOICE on 26 Dec. 2013
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While paper books appear to becoming obsolete with ebooks etc I still like to keep an "old fashioned library" of reference books in my bookcase. The latest addition is Gyles Brandreth's Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations. This is, quite simply, the ultimate collection of wisecracks,quotations and one-liners to fit any subject you care to mention. Presented alphabetically from "Academic Life" through to "Youth" each offering is meticulously indexed and referenced. Perfect for dipping in and out of, the contents are both clever and very, very funny - a quotation for every occasion. Gyles Brandreth has produced a superb fifth edition of this title which I wholeheartedly recommend - not only is it a delight to read, it is also a beautiful book worthy of 5*.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. A. Murphy on 25 Nov. 2013
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Gosh arrived 2 days later! Ideal as was a pressie for my lovely hubby.
One of those books you'll read a few a day, then keep going back to. Lots of new quotes I've never heard before. Overall would recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on 30 Dec. 2013
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I like a good quote, nothing like it to win an argument or to appear smart when you have no idea what people are going on about.

This rather witty book is a gem, the quotes are thoughtful, funny and sometimes poignant.

It has to be said that the book is rather a weighty tome, but the editor Giles Brandreth has kindly provided sections to break up the quotes. Making them easier to find.

Want to appear smarter than you are? Devastate an opponent in an argument? Grab the book and astound your friends and foes alike.

Quotes ahoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr Thomas A Hope on 19 Nov. 2013
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Still reading this book which I am enjoying page by page. It is something one cannot read in one go but which one will return to on a regular basis.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jimser10 on 19 Nov. 2013
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Whenever I'm away from home, this is the book that travels with me. It's a great read and can be read over and over again. During my daily routine at home, it's this book into which I dip when I sit down for a coffee. This is in my top ten of books to be rescued in case of a fire.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ken Leigh on 25 Oct. 2013
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Opening this book was like a breath of fresh air coming in through an open door on a summers day. If you are feeling at all glum for any reason, all you have to do is open this book,dive in,and read any part of it at random,and if that does not make you feel better then I would suggest that you make an appointment with your GP as soon as possible.
The new broom of Gyles Brandreth has worked wonders even by Ned Sherrin standards!! Buy and enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gosia on 20 Jan. 2014
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My boyfriend was so very happy when he got this dictionary from me - he started to read some quotations and it is really good. Also I take this book from time to time when I have more time to read it.
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