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QI Annual 2011 Hardcover – 4 Nov 2010


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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber (4 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571270964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571270965
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 29.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Lloyd is the founder of QI and the producer of some of Britain's best-loved TV shows. He is of the same opinion as Plato: unmitigated seriousness has no place in human affairs. On the other hand, he also likes A. N. Whitehead's assertion that it's more important for something to be interesting than true (although it's more likely to be interesting if it is true).

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The latest QI Annual, 'H', to accompany the new top-rated BBC1 TV series

About the Author

John Lloyd has a broadcasting background. As a radio producer he devised The News Quiz and To the Manor Born before moving to television to start Not the Nine O'Clock News, Spitting Image, and Blackadder. If pressed, he'd concur with Heraclitus: 'abundance of knowledge does not teach men to be wise.'

John Mitchinson is from the world of books. The original Marketing Director of Waterstone's, he became Managing Director of Cassell, where he published The Beatles, Michael Palin and Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. He's with Einstein: 'There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.'

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Harriet J L Ayles on 5 Nov 2010
Format: Hardcover
I'm not usually the greatest fan of fact-books, but this one is actually gorgeous. Funny and sparky and filled with brilliant illustrations. Lovers of the show will enjoy the TV tie-in aspect, but it's got enough info and original artwork to stand alone as an anuual. Ideal Christmas prezzie for small boys too - very useful. It's also quite silly. Okay, very silly. In a good way.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Maisie on 8 Nov 2010
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The perfect mix of the sublime and the ridiculous - this annual is truly the gift that keeps on giving. I can't believe the random and amazing facts beginning with H that I now possess that I didn't an hour ago! It's got brains and beauty - give it to someone you're sharing Christmas with and then steal it straight back after lunch, sniggering, and reading out facts to everyone nearby. I love this annual. And not just for the picture of Mr Fry looking quizzicly at a hedgehog.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By atosborne on 12 Nov 2010
Format: Hardcover
I've actually only watched the TV show sporadically but that isn't a requirement to enjoy this at all. The annual has great cartoons and some very funny quotes from the season - good Christmas gift, and particularly enjoyed more info on hippos than I ever knew existed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JessieTheStar on 23 Nov 2010
Format: Hardcover
This annual marks another step towards 'J', the best letter, and it's an excellent step: always interesting, often amusing, and occasionally very embarrassing, as you may find if you read 'HENJ' on a crowded Tube train and convince those around you that you are a giggling lunatic. It has the gentle plodding warmth of a typical episode of QI, and I can't think of any book that I've seen recently that makes better read in the loo. Jo Brand's contributions are particularly wonderful, but it's a consistently lovely annual, and I would recommend it to anybody who is clever and needs a giggle.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Queen on 21 Nov 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book to accompany a hangover and left-over Christmas dinner. It is a sort of leftover book - a hodgepodge of tasty scraps that just need reheating. The cartoon, superhero, super-facty style makes it quite a boysy book, but then it is quite a boysy show. Would be great for a 12 year old's stocking, but just as good for Grandad. What makes it a great Christmas book is that it is brilliant for sharing.Loads of facts and jokes to read out loud. But better content than a christmas cracker.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By thistle issabeth on 16 Dec 2010
Format: Hardcover
The QI Annual for 2011 really is like walking through a bristling garden animated with all things 'H'. The amount of information is almost overwhelming, but the humour, and the variation in graphics and layout tip the scales in favour of an amusing, engrossing experience, rather than a dense slog.
The book reads like an encyclopedia of back-stories, journalistic scoops, and truths revealed--making the comic-book design references all the more appropriate as the dark sidestreets, and unlit back-alleys of history are combed for their stories.
A veritable deluge of details, and engrossing (even when it's gross!) the QI 2011 Annual ia a delightful garden path down which to stray.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bingo the bear on 3 Nov 2010
Format: Hardcover
it's proper good! Chock-full of wonder and daftness like the annuals you used to get as a kid - a veritable car crash between a lorry load of 'Look-and-Learns' and A Lamborghini rammed with Britain's best comedians - Hurrah!
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By Helen passey on 12 Jan 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
very pleased with quality and item was received in very good time to be given as a birthday present last year
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