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Schott's Almanac 2006 [Hardcover]

Ben Schott
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Book Description

14 Nov 2005
Schott's Almanac redefines the traditional almanac to present a record the year just past and a guide to the year come. It is designed to be a practical and entertaining annual volume, that tells the real stories of the year, from the winner of I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! to the distribution of income across the British social spectrum, from the Asian Tsunami and its aftermath to Live8 and the crisis of the referenda on the European constitution, and from the death of the Pope to the trial of Michael Jackson. Section headings are: Chronicle; World; Society & Health; Sci, Tech, Net; Celebrity & Media; Music & Cinema; Books & Arts; Travel & Leisure; Money; Parlimanent & Politics; The Establishment; Sport; Ephemerides. In an age when information is plentiful but selection is rare, Schott's Almanac offers both the essential facts and the lucid analysis. It will combine the authority and accuracy of the Economist with the wit and vitality of Have I Got News for You.

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; 2006 edition (14 Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747583072
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747583073
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.4 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A record of historic reference, chronicling the past year's important events... punctuated with unpredictably diverting statistics. -- Guardian

A social barometer of genuine historical value -- Sunday Times

An elegantly bound orange volume packed tightly with lists, facts, lists about facts and, on occasion, facts about lists. -- The Times

Schott hits the spot -- Evening Standard

The ultimate book of lists, brilliantly, if eccentrically, presented and edited. Never has trivia been more entertaining. -- Daily Mirror

About the Author

Ben Schott was born in North London in 1974. He was educated at University College School. Hampstead, and Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, where he read Social and Political Sciences, graduating with a double First in 1996. He has worked with the Independent, The Times, the Sunday Times, Reader's Digest and Sunday Business, amongst many others and has photographed celebrities from Hugh Grant and Tony Blair, to Gordon Brown and Enoch Powell. Now a full-tuime writer, he has columns with a number of publications including Conde Nast Traveller and the Daily Telegraph, and is the author of three highly original and entertaining Miscellanies. He lives in London, and divides his time between Highgate and the British Library.

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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Almanac in a Traditional Format 26 Nov 2005
An astonishing modern work of reference, Schott's Almanac has reinvented the yearbook for the 21st Century.
Gone are endless, dull pages of moons and tides (though he has a very neat section at the back all about the calendar), and included are sections about the media, science, technology, films, books, the arts, and celebrity.
So, although you can look up all about the Queen's Christmas Speech (and who has been given honours), you can also see who won I'm A Celebrity, and who was voted out of the Big Brother House (and in what order). There is also a very good news section at the front that describes all of the major news events of the year, from the London bombs to the Ashes tour.
I've always liked the idea of Almanacs, but found the reality of them stiffling and dull. Schott's Almanac breaks the mould and, just as his Miscellanies did, presents a wealth of information in a fascinating way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the miscellanies! 28 Nov 2005
What young Ben Schott has done here is such a stoke of genius, that one wonders why no-one's throught about doing it before (and don't mention Whittaker's, which is unreadble by comparison!) Basically you have in the palms of your hands a thoroughly enjoyable and definitive guide to the last twelve months: the stuff you really ought to know in the fields of news, media, sport etc (like a run-down of the election and a day-by-day account of Ellen MacArthur's round-the-world trip) and some other info that you really don't need to know (like who sang what in Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes?!) He manages to maintain the tone and humour of the earlier books while doing something with more purpose - let's be honest the previous titles were pretty throw-away, in the best possible sense. I'm certain I'll be looking back at my copy in years to come.
And whereas the last two books were more niche, this has the wider appeal of the original miscellany and will definitely solves my worries about what Christmas presents to buy all of my male relatives this year! Bravo.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Modern Year With an Archiac Twist 13 May 2006
By Ludwig
For quite some time, I had been an annual buyer of such almanacs such as "The World Almanac", "Harris' Farmer's Almanac", and the "Farmer's Almanac" - Until I came across Schott's Almanac. The book is a wonderful compilation of the year - providing more information than the three aforementioned almanacs together. Separated into 13 sections (Chronicle, The World, Society & Health, Media & Celebrity, Music & Cinema, Books & Arts, Sci, Tech, Net, Travel & Leisure, Money, Parliament & Politics, Establishment & Faith, Sport, Ephemeridies), Scott's Alamanac presents the modern year with an archiac twist. A MUST have.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ideal stocking filler 29 Nov 2005
Ben Schott's trivia collections lend themselves to the format of an annual almanac and the good news is that this tome is up to the same standard as his previous books, with lots of nuggets of information you didn't know you didn't know but which are strangely fascinating.
I love the mix of modern up-to-date information (such as the meanings of the different colours of wristbands) with the Victorian-style presentation and quaint illustrations (including that of Wayne Rooney). There is also a review of major news highlights of 2005.
Overall this is an ideal Christmas present, the sort of thing you can dip into again and again. It certainly beats socks anyway.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally - a seriously entertaining Almanac 27 Feb 2006
SCHOTT'S ALMANAC answers a need that, while not exactly pressing, had existed for many years: namely, the need for a serious, yet entertaining almanac. For too long, yearbooks have either been dull (Whitacker's) or frivolous (Guinness) - SCHOTT's is neither. Rather it tells you everything you need to know about the year, as well as the more unusual and entertaining aspects. I have often thought, when reading old newspapers, that the adverts are just as interesting as the articles. SCHOTT's ALMANAC manages to convey the "feeling" of the year (from its curious words to its curious characters) while also presenting the key "news" facts. And, like all Ben Schott books, SCHOTT's ALMANAC is very beautiful. Lovely type, wonderful graphics, and superb little pen-portraits. It is a joy to read, and a joy to flick through. Certainly one to collect.
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