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Schott's Almanac 2010 [Hardcover]

Ben Schott
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Book Description

16 Nov 2009
Schott's Almanac is designed to be a practical and entertaining annual volume that tells the real stories of the year, from the anxious South African elections to the hope generated by the election of Barack Obama, from worldwide recession to the green shoots of recovery, from Russia's growing ambition to the Copenhagen Conference on climate change, and from the Ashes rivalry to the possibility of another all-English Champion's League final, all in the UN's Year of Astronomy. Section headings are: Chronicle; World; Society & Health; Sci, Tech, Net; Celebrity & Media; Music & Cinema; Books & Arts; Travel & Leisure; Money; Parliament & 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, combining 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 (16 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747598428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747598428
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 297,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A social barometer of genuine historical value.' The Times 'A record of historic reference, chronicling the past year's important events punctuated with unpredictably diverting statistics.' Guardian '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. 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 to Tony Blair and Enoch Powell. Now a full-time writer, he has had columns with a number of publications including Conde Nast Traveller and the Daily Telegraph, and is now a regular contributor to the New York Times and The Times of London. He lives in London.

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great summary of the year 15 Nov 2009
By Richard Murphy VINE VOICE
In its fifth year and it is still a great way to remember the year just passed, and to catch up on the items you missed.

As ever, there is the basic report on the year, with facts and figures covering everything from the Oscars to the MP expenses scandal. Colour is added to the reporting, for example the "Sachsgate" incident which lead to the sacking of Russell Brand is introduced with a Brief History of Swearing on Television.

This is all boosted with plenty of random information, such as the surface gravity on the planets and the objects banned from displays at the Chelsea Flower Show (which include, unsurprisingly, garden gnomes).

Packed with just as much information as previous years, this is still a great stocking-filler for Christmas.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Schott's Almanac 29 Jan 2010
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I suppose you have to be a bit of an anorak to buy Schott' Almanac on a regular basis, but it is the kind of book you dip into for might be termed "useless information" - especially good over the Christmas period.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gone, but not yet forgotten. 14 Nov 2012
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It would be superfluous for me to review this, as others have done so before. I don't agree with everything there, but who cares now that Bloomsbury have ceased publication of this wonderful piece of ephemera? Why have they stopped printing this splendid almanac? Did Mr. Schott throw in the towel? Has somebody died? Has Bloomsbury been taken over by the Chinese government? Presumably we will never find out the cause for this seemingly extraordinary decision, but it is a great shame. One of the joys of Christmas has gone. A pity.
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