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Pears Cyclopaedia 87Th Edition. [Unknown Binding]

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wikipedia? I'd rather have this. 19 Dec 2009
Format:Hardcover
Ahh the humble reference book, much maligned in the early part of the 21st Century, but Pears Cyclopedia acts as a reminder of what we'd be missing if we simply relied on the Internet for all our factual needs. Jammed packed with fascinating facts and information this book is a must for any crossword fan, quizmaster or merely the generally curious. It's compact size means it will fit discreetly in any bookshelf yet it is pleasingly weighty being hardback which lends a certain presence to it's feeling of reliability as a source of information. The only minor issue you may have with getting used to this book is the way the information is laid out (it is categorised and not simply A-Z) but that really is being picky. I don't see how you can go wrong with a neat little book like this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars booklover 13 April 2010
Format:Hardcover
Slightly disappointed.I have a copy of the 1991/1992 version.When the new version arrived it was much thinner due to the fact that the paper quality is very thin and also there were no maps in the Gazeteer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pears Cyclopeadia 17 Oct 2009
Format:Hardcover
An excellent book - there should be one on every coffee table or one alongside the dictioary. It's full of very useful information and easy to use.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Errors 9 Mar 2010
By John G
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I've always found previous editions useful and reliable however the first new article I read "Broadcasting in Britain" (D30)contains glaring errors such as "BBC2 began on 20 April 1962" (It was actually 1964). And "BBC2 pioneered television satire with That Was The Week That Was, 1962-3" when in fact TW3 was on BBC1 (or just BBC TV as it was known at the time) and finished the year before BBC2 opened. For good measure the first error is repeated in the Timeline on D32.

I'm now not sure how much of the rest of this book I can believe without checking the facts elsewhere just to be sure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yet to be beaten for sheer volume of information 23 Feb 2010
By HMW
Format:Hardcover
I bought this version of the Pears Cyclopaedia for my mother whose original copy was out-of-date by about 20 years (meaning we were still at "cold war" with Russia!). As ever, the Pears Cyclopaedia is THE fact-file for all things weird, wonderful, interesting and fascinating. Separated into chapters such as "Prominent People" and "Maps of the World" this is a slightly-too-large-for-the-pocket-but-definitely-small-enough-for-the-travel-bag tome of epically small proportions. It contains an extraordinary wealth of information on such fascinating subjects as classical mythology, gardening and cookery and is most definitely the reference book of choice in households across Britain. They do go out of date over time but the old stalwarts such as the atlas aren't going to be changing any time soon and so even if it is a few years old, the majority of the information is still correct.

My mum, being the kind of person she is, reads it before she goes to bed - and whenever I chat to her on the phone, I'm usually treated to a "Did you know..." followed by a great little bit of info.

A must-have, truly great stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars pears cyclopaedia 2009-2010 16 Oct 2009
Format:Hardcover
An excellent reference book for various facts and figures - especially when solving Sunday crosswords!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For sharp eyes only 18 July 2010
Format:Hardcover
I probably would have liked my copy if only the type were a little bigger so I could actually have read it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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A very compact source of information - an indispensible "bible" for conversations over the dining table. My family has had a Pears in the house for years, but we do miss the maps in the latest edition. So, please reinstate them - an atlas is just too big to manoevre on the table as well!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pears' Cyclopaedia 2009 - 2010
Pears' Cyclopaedia 2009 - 2010 A very good reference book as loads of informations on all sort of subjects certainly recommend
Published 19 months ago by mrs s a smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Husbands 'bible'
My husband needed a new copy, he has used the last one till it fell apart. Good quality and great price.
Published 20 months ago by Bev Tromans
5.0 out of 5 stars Knowledgable purchase
Good delivery. I purchased this to replace the father in laws Pears which went walk about. He loves this type of book and at 82 is still curious about everything. Read more
Published on 16 Jun 2011 by goffey
5.0 out of 5 stars Unsurpassed
This was bought as a present. The information is unsurpassed in its breadth and depth, wide ranging and comprehensive. A great gift!
Published on 21 Sep 2010 by paddie1958
5.0 out of 5 stars Small but perfectly formed.
If you're the type who finds Stehen Fry & QI endlessly fascinating but Mastermind too taxing, you'll love this little beauty. Read more
Published on 13 April 2010 by Ms. Antoinette V. Carter
4.0 out of 5 stars Pears
Already have 20 year old copy. Pears is Pears and this is exactly what was expected
Published on 23 Mar 2010 by T Shipman
4.0 out of 5 stars Gift for parents
This was a gift for my father as he enjoys his crosswords, but this is the last one to be printed so he'll have to use google like the rest of us from now on
Published on 22 Jan 2010 by Mr. J. A. J. Prescott
5.0 out of 5 stars Fits the bill
Bought this for my Mum, who is not internet or Google savvy. Her old one was falling apart at the seams. This latest version of Pears fits the bill perfectly.
Published on 20 Jan 2010 by Stevee23
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