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QI: Advanced Banter

QI: Advanced Banter [Kindle Edition]

John Lloyd , John Mitchinson , Stephen Fry
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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QUOTE INTERESTING: 6,000 Quotations that You Might Actually Find Amusing and Useful

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'The Worcestershire Sauce of conversation.' Stephen Fry

A really good quotation book - one which gathered the truest and funniest insights of the best minds, and organised them into more than 400 subjects, from ambition to worry (or from artichokes to windows) - a book which offered you a useful take on almost every situation life throws at you (from the death of your child's hamster to the unified theory of everything), a sourcebook of wise one-liners, of knock-out jokes, of drole asides and heartfelt statements of truth and beauty, a practical handbook of interestingness, well, that would be worth having. And, guess what? Those thoughtful gentlemen at QI have come up with one.

As well as the quotes themselves, there is a Prologue from the Bantermaster himself, Mr Stephen Fry, and lots of quite interesting background information on the people quoted (and misquoted). Six years of learning how to avoid the dull stuff have left the QI team in a uniquely good position to deliver this elusive holy grail: the big, useful, funny and really very good book of quotations.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 627 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Non Fiction (20 Nov 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0030UDWDO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #69,481 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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71 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good as the TV show... 23 Oct 2008
I absolutely love this book. I have hundreds of quotation books, but they almost all lack the editorial style of Messrs Lloyd and Mitchinson. The big difference is that quotation books are normally only really reference books, this one flows so that you find yourself absorbed and taken along by it.

Other reviewers suggest it's nothing to do with the TV show QI. I don't agree. John Lloyd and John Mitchinson dreamed up and produce the QI TV show, and you can tell the humour and approach is from the same place. The great thing about the TV show is nothing is off limits. If it is interesting and it is funny, it is in. From Greek philosophy to the profane and odd, anything goes. The same applies to this excellent book, and that, along with the Johns' comedy and editorial talent is why this is different from the others.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference and casual reading too 8 Feb 2009
Normally one to stick with "stores" or novels such as Sedaris and his "Me Talk Pretty" or the funny books "Barring Some Unforeseen Accident" or "Stephen Fry in America," I found this great and hysterical book of quotations quite by accident. Favorites include:

People say they sleep like a baby until they have one.

All anybody needs to know about prizes is that Mozart never won one.

And, with apologies to America, this from Ronald Reagan (you might have thought George Bush) "What would this country be without this great land of ours?"

And for those of you who remember some great quotes but can't remember who or where they came from , this is invaluable. Lest you think this is strictly "bathroom" reading, let me assure you, it is not. Neither is it something you're going to want to sit down with for hours, but it is a great reference book, great fun, and you'll be amazed at who said what.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a treat to leaf through 8 Jun 2009
Don't be put off by the use of the word "banter" and the exclusively contemporary quotations on the front cover: for once, "advanced banter" is not a clumsy reference to laddish innuendo but, as you might expect of the people at QI, the original and correct use of the term. This is a collection of clever, witty pleasantry which appeals to every generation. Ranging from Hegel to Hicks and from Iqbal to Izzard, it is a useful and moreover entertaining collection of quotations, arranged into broad and not-so-broad subjects such as "Money", "Persuasion" "Celery" and, the house favourite, "Legs". The wide range of sources ensures it avoids covering the same old quotations you could have read in a 1963 Reader's Digest edition. Yes, it has all the important classics in it but it is fresh and funny and contains so much more than the usual Shakespeare and Voltaire. If you're looking for quotations, this is the book you need.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I write as a sow piddles (Mozart) 17 May 2009
Ever read the entirety of a reference book, cover to cover? Me neither. And you won't be counting Advanced Banter: The QI Book of Quotations as a first, I'm fairly sure. This rather sizeable collection definitely works best as something to dip into. The quotations are split thematically, and although you sense that they gathered the material first and then separated it out, this doesn't detract from its quality. Comedians, scientists, artists, statesmen, novelists and philosophers are counted among the talking heads in a collection that runs the gamut from the profound to the throwaway, the clever-clever to the surprisingly heartfelt. (It's this jumping about in terms of tone, by the way, that makes this book best taken down from your shelf and dipped into little and often.) All the usual topics are here - love, duty, wisdom - but much of the material is surprisingly fresh and wisely avoids many of the hackneyed aphorisms that we could probably all already quote. Less Oscar Wilde, more Russian proverbs, as it happens. Not that I subscribe to the really quite ridiculous premise of this book - that you might drop one of its pearls into your conversations. Not in the world I inhabit, certainly. However unrealistic, if you like what can be done with a well-chosen word, it's well worth swallowing this for the opportunity to treasure such lines as `You can recognise a cruel man: he cries in the cinema' (Graham Greene). I like that one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius 26 Sep 2009
What can you say, these guys are on to something much bigger than a TV gameshow. The stuff of life is oozing from the covers. It's the only book of quotations I could ever imagine buying.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous 12 Mar 2009
Compendiums of quotations, tacked together from a panoply of sources, can be difficult to review on their own terms, but Advanced Banter is unusual in that it radiates effort, commitment and care. This hardback edition looks and feels delightful, and the quotations are smartly arranged by theme. Lloyd and Mitchinson incorporate familiar epithets from Classical sources to the modern day, but also litter the book with idiosyncratic and esoteric gems. A highly recommended collection.
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80 of 95 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars And I quote... 10 Oct 2008
By Paul Everdark VINE VOICE
Ever stumbled a cross a quote or saying that rang so true, you've decided to write it down and tuck in a pocket for future reference? Well, this book's full of them.
Quotes are powerful things. They can make us happy, sad, laugh, cry, can comfort us, annoy us...the list goes on. As such, this book is a rollercoaster of opinions and witticisms, some of which are infamous, some of which are lesser known.
It's difficult to review such a book's a bit of a nothingness. It is, quite simply, a collection of quotes from famous people, A-Z by subject. That's it. The overall product feels rushed, too - on my first thumb through, I noticed 3 spelling errors! - and I don't appreciate having the QI brand slapped on it. A foreword by Fry it may have, but it has very little to do with the show.
That said, is does what it's meant to do, and it does it well - it's a big volume, the kind that warrants dipping into, despite perhaps not seeming to be great value at first, I can imagine this book lasting years, always worth opening up to find a quote to inspire (or infuriate) you.
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Published 8 days ago by david jones
5.0 out of 5 stars banter of the most advanced level
it has been handy during meetings
i have read it a fair amount and makes internet arguing a lot easier
if you like shouting at random people on youtube, get this to help
Published 5 months ago by Brett Howes
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, you just can't beat it.
Just perfect, couldn't be better, it was the choice of a relative for a gift. Supplied in time without problems.
Published 5 months ago by Daniel Crawford
2.0 out of 5 stars Good (ish)
The book is written and organised well, however the quotations are slightly odd. I thought it would be the sort of book with intelligent insults and comebacks in, however these are... Read more
Published 6 months ago by ben leach
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny
I saw this at a friends and had to buy it for my son who loves it. Very entertaining book.
Published 7 months ago by Bocca mum
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun to browse
I bought this for a fun to browse occasionally - I cant see reading it all the way thru, but great in small doses.
Published 7 months ago by Mark
3.0 out of 5 stars I had no idea I was buying a second hand book!
It was for a gift so I'm quite disappointed it was not made more obvious that this was a used product!
Published 7 months ago by Andy
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful book
It is a good book that gives you ideal ideas for birthday wishes you can put on the cards etc.
Published 10 months ago by Do
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stocking filler
or coffee table book, particularly for fans of the popular TV series. Contents to be used sparingly in polite company (lest you be consigned to the table in the corner with the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Longshanks
5.0 out of 5 stars a veritable gem
Great book with a quote for every occasion. Loving just opening it up randomly and reading a page or two.
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