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John Lloyd , John Mitchinson
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Book Description

3 April 2008
A number-one bestseller, this is a comprehensive catalogue of all the misconceptions, mistakes and misunderstandings in 'common knowledge' that will make you wonder why anyone bothers going to school. Now available in this handy pocket-sized edition, carry it everywhere to impress your friends, frustrate your enemies and win every argument.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Pocket Ed edition (3 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571241395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571241392
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Trivia buffs and know-it-alls alike will exult to find so much repeatable wisdom gathered in one place."
--"New York Times"
""The Book of General Ignorance" won't make you feel dumb. It's really a call to be more curious."
--"The Associated Press"
"Ignorance may be bliss, but so is learning surprising information."
--"Hartford Courant"
"You, too, can banish social awdwardness by having its endless count of facts and factoids at the ready. Or you could just read it and keep what you learned to yourself. Betcha can't."
--"New York Daily News"
"To impress friends with your cleverness, beg, borrow or buy John Lloyd and John Mitchinson's The Book of General Ignorance, an extraordinary collection of 230 common misperceptions compiled for the BBC panel game QI (Quite Interesting)."
--"Financial Times
"This book would make even Edison feel small and silly, for it offers answers to questions you never thought to ask or had no need of asking as you already knew, or thought you knew, the answer."
--"The Economist"
"Trivia books, like any kind of mental or physical addiction, are both irresistible and unsatisfying. By the standards of the genre, this one has something approaching the force of revelation. Answering silly questions suddenly seems less important than taking the trouble to ask a few."
"--Melbourne Age"
"Eye-watering, eyebrow-raising, terrific . . . moving slightly faster than your brain does, so that you haven't quite absorbed the full import of one blissful item of trivial information before two or three more come along. Such fine and creative research genuinely deserves to be captured in print."
--"Daily Mail"
"This UKbestseller redefines 'common knowledge' with factoids that will inform and entertain (or at least liven up your next cocktail party)."
-"OK! Magazine"

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The runaway bestseller of Christmas 2006 in a handy pocket-sized edition, perfect for flaunting facts on-the-go.

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61 of 61 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite Interesting 4 Jun 2007
By sn123
If you thought you knew everything, think again :P

After reading this book I know about 100 times more than I did before.

This book is filled with lots of little questions which you think you know the answer to - some of the answers are just to obvious, or so it would seem. One of the joys about reading it is having the ability to just pick the book up and open on any page and you'll be amazed by one fact or another

I won't give away any of the secrets within the book, but whether you are a fan of QI, whether you're not - it's a great book and well worth reading.
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248 of 255 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars General Ignorance is not just trivia 9 Oct 2006
I read the Book of General Ignorance over the week-end. Although I have hundreds of trivia books they all pale into insignificance against this brilliant work which I shall genuinely enjoy forever.

Trivia books leave you feeling you're lacking something. There's something frustrating about a three line `fact' which is unsubstantiated and unexplained.

The Book of General Ignorance is a completely different animal, it awakens curiosity, is hilariously written, illuminating and leaves you desperate to fascinate your friends and family with your newly discovered wonders of the world around us. For once you can explain the background to your discovery and WHY it is so.

A fantastic read, highly recommended.
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121 of 127 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book to Savour and Digest 25 Nov 2006
By J. Chippindale TOP 1000 REVIEWER
The books is a spin off from the enormously successful BBC2 series QI. If you love the programme you will certainly love the book. If you have never seen the programme, you will probably still love the book.

For those people who enjoy trivia and most people do, myself included, this is a great book to sit down and relax with by the fireside on a cold winter's night. It takes commonly held beliefs and runs them full pelt through the shredder (was Santa Claus really Turkish).

The book is written in a witty way, and the great thing is that armed with all the new facts you now know, you could if you so desired win a few quid in bets and get the price of the book back. Now there's a thought.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars QI - Quite Interesting Indeed 1 May 2007
A fantastic book stemming from the popular final round on the BBC's Q.I. series hoisted by Stephen Fry.

As a huge fan of the show I made this book a priority purchase when it became available and don't have a single complaint. Its very easy to pick up and start reading and as easy to put down after you've satisfied your factoid hunting brains!

Brilliant buy. And the series is one of the best shows on TV too - good work.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes a great Birthday present! 12 Jun 2007
By rhar
I bought this for myself but my husband immediately pinched it as soon as I started questioning him on its content! It makes for lively dinner time discussion especially with all the controversial entries like Christopher Columbus wasn't Italian, America wasn't named after Amerigo Vespucci, and the most dangerous African mammal is the hippo! I've given it to several people for their birthdays and they've all loved it. Very easy to pick up and read a bit then put down as divided into brief paragraphs on each entry.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real gem 27 Jan 2007
An absolute cracking read. Both informative and hilarious at the same time. It is such a broad spectrum of topics covered that it'll appeal to everyone, whether they watch the TV series or not. I shan't spoil the joy of discovery for you but I'll recommend this book whole heartedly. In a market that seems saturated with apparently funny books this stands head and shoulders above the others.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars QI 8 Oct 2008
I really enjoyed reading this book and found it more than "Quite Interesting". Unfortunately though, if you are an avid fan of the television series like I am it offers nothing new. Most, if not all, of the material is taken from the series.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars QI: The Book of General Ignorance 19 Sep 2007
Thoroughly enjoyable read from start to finish. Some strange and interesting facts that were for the most part fascinating. Well worth a read!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic facts!
Bought this for my grandson and he doesnt stop referring to it. Did you know? Etc. Wonderfully educationa! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Patricia
4.0 out of 5 stars QI book
This was just great for our son as an extra present for Christmas as he is an ardent viewer of the programme
Published 2 months ago by Derek Gill
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
read it in a waiting room and knew it would make the perfect present and it did so 5/5 from me
Published 3 months ago by MrTomB
5.0 out of 5 stars stocking filler
Full of interesting facts, just like QI,something to mull over when you just want a quick read.
Bought for male.
Published 4 months ago by H
5.0 out of 5 stars very informative
Brilliant book with loads of interesting facts, good fun to share with family and friends and some random subjects, you will not be disappointed if you purchase this book.
Published 5 months ago by jb007
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Very gripping, quite surprising how different things are that they teach you in schools :/ lol definitely worth reading until the end.
Published 6 months ago by bookworm
3.0 out of 5 stars How do we know any of this is accurate?
One of the few things I found easy to check was the Goliath frog of central Africa mentioned on page 40 as being three feet long. That seemed worthy of a websearch. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bruce Edwin Mcmicking
3.0 out of 5 stars occasional read
Bought this book intrigued by the title but got a bit disappointed with it as it isn't as clever as expected. The facts introduced are too far fetched and therefore annoying. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Maggiec62
3.0 out of 5 stars just enjoy it
Silly but good
Just to sit and read think you have got it but then oops no you haven't just enjoy it for what it is
Published 8 months ago by terry
5.0 out of 5 stars The Book of General Ignorance (A Quite Interesting Book)
Well worth a read. Loved it. Light, funny and ideal for a quick read when bored.
A daft read and ideal for the toilet library. Read more
Published 8 months ago by S. Hooper
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