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The QI Annual 2008 [Hardcover]

Stephen Fry , John Lloyd , John Mitchinson
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Book Description

1 Nov 2007

Imagine an edition of The Guinness Book of Records selected by a panel of stand-up comedians... The QI Annual 2008 is packed with original contributions from Stephen Fry, Alan Davies, Jo Brand, Bill Bailey and other regular guests on the show. It's packed full of games to play at home, puzzles, cartoon strips, mini-encyclopaedias, how-to diagrams and masses and masses of QI facts.

If you want to read Julian Clary's poetry about the Queen, Roger Law's musings on flatulent kangaroos, or have often wondered how you might make a waterproof apron out of a whale's foreskin, your Christmas gift dilemma has just been solved. WARNING: very silly indeed. Will offend dullards, whales and parents in no particular order.

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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; 2008 edition (1 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571237797
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571237791
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 29 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 313,906 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 essential companion to QI: BBC 2 and BBC 4's highest rated show, written and illustrated by top comedians.

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John Lloyd and John Mitchinson, supported by a crack research squad of QI elves, are the authors of the bestselling The Book of General Ignorance.

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92 of 104 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A joy to behold, with interestingness untold. 11 Nov 2007
The QI Annual is an endeavor several years in coming, and thank the stars, it more than makes up for the wait. Its theme is all things beginning with "E", and unlike The Book of General Ignorance, the source of its content has little to do with what has already been featured on the show. It focuses, instead, on original tidbits of knowledge offered up by a refreshing variety of authors.

As its colourful cover would suggest, many of QI's regular panellists contribute items to the Annual, their topics ranging from the scholarly to the silly. Dara Ó Briain's narrative about how some of Eire's less celebrated historical figures have actually helped out the world of medicine is hilariously riveting, and Bill Bailey does his part in being entertainingly knowledgeable by offering up brief biographies of "Embarrassingly Named Composers". Even Clive Anderson's treatise on the English Elm is a pleasure to read, for it is suffused with his characteristic wit.

On the other side of the bridge of erudition, we get treats like Jo Brand's imaginary gig as an Agony Aunt ("Dear Aunty Jo, I am on a television show called QI and I keep coming last. What shall I do? Love, Alan"), the pictorial demonstration of emotions by Jimmy Carr and Rowan Atkinson, and Jeremy Clarkson's guide to eating exotic creatures (self-researched, of course). Alan Davies' piece is an essay on--what else?--Essex, and illustrated with a near-nude picture of Jodie Marsh, but it is surprisingly full of interesting information about the area, much of it garnered from personal experience.

Of the segments in the Annual related, if sometimes peripherally, to the show, there is a page on "the poetry of QI", which has rendered extracts from the programme into free verse poems.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
As an Australian fan of QI, but still catching up on the publications, I'm a recent reader of a few QI books. The QI Annual brought back meories of the annuals of my childhood, but without the daft makeup tips and silly advice on boys! The QI Annual doesn't aim to be a deadly serious tome full of staid facts and figures, the QI team have done a fabulous job in making the books informative yet fun. I've read the Annual several times, yet I always manage to find something interesting I didn't see earlier. Great for trivia buffs and myth exploders, or anyone who has a fascination for interesting tidbits. A great companion to the show, and a must for all QI Fans.
I already have the QI Annual 2009 on pre-order!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 22 Jan 2008
By Thomas
If you like the series, then you will love the book. It is split in very small pieces of information, which makes it ideal for commuting. I recommend it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very nice Annual for the series 8 Jan 2008
A very nice read with plenty of toilet humour and interesting facts to impress your friends. To be honest some of he features of members from the show seem to lack any actual input from them at all as they cover random subjects like the Elm tree and What animals you wouldnt normally eat but still a very nice giggle at the end of the day and any fan of the show should own it
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
For a first go, the QI Annual is a wonderful 90 or so pages of interesting facts, charming and often grotesque drawings, delightful insights into items like the Elm tree, Elvis and Edinburgh, and generally childish writings that no university student could resist.

The cover is beautifully Beano-esque for a start, and Desperate Dan appears along the line as well. Particularly like the exploration of Jeremy Clarkson's animalistic eating habits, Escoffier vs. Mitchell, the 88 uses of a sausage, and Where's Johnny? is inspired.

I didn't spot Sean Lock's section anywhere though, but maybe I missed it. A shame we didn't have contributions from some panellists like Andy Hamilton or John Sessions, but this is a minor complaint. The layout is wonderfully vibrant and colourful, especially the little pearls of wisdom in the corner of some pages.

Roll on the F Annual!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Humour me 29 Nov 2007
This is the one book you'll want to buy either for yourself, as a Christmas gift, or just generally as a gift. The reason? It's funny as can be. Not a longish book, its pages rank as some of the funniest and most educational. From Jeremy Clarkson's eating habits to the Elm tree, to Elvis and "I had wind when I met the Queen," you'll be rolling with this book. But lest you think this is all a joke, it is not. There's a real education to be found here, and as they say, "A spoon full of sugar." Colourful and inventive, insightful and brash, THE QI ANNUAL will give you and others hours of entertainment and knowledge. Humour of any kind is my cup-o-tea. Anything from "Do Ants have Arseholes" to the funny and knowing "Katzenjammer" by McCrae.
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30 of 40 people found the following review helpful
The team that bought you "The Book of General Ignorance" and the newly released "Book of Animal Ignorance" now edge their way into the world of annuals with this gem of a book worthy of 5 stars and more. This is a first try at an annual by the QI team and it draws upon the styles and familiar joys of past annuals that I used to have when I was a child. It is sure to keep you entertained.

The book has a wonderfully fresh taste to it and the layout presents the perfect balance of knowledge, humour, sausages and stick drawings that anyone can appreciate.

So, if you would like to know more about Vic Reeves' extensive knowledge of pirates or if you would care to casually flip through a brief history of Erotica then this annual will serve you well.

Well done to the team at QI!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Jolly Good..
Love the TV series, and the book has the same mix of facts, figures, curiosities and downright irreverant humour. Just what the doctor ordered! Love it :)
Published 13 months ago by Squire
5.0 out of 5 stars We need more!
Well worth buying! very funny and well edited, some of the contributions are so funny that i had to show any person who would indulge me.
Published 14 months ago by ronnie
5.0 out of 5 stars If you watch the program, then read the book!
If you watch the program, then you'll enjoy this book, obviously! Even if you're not a regular viewer, you'd appreciate it just for the humour and trivia.
Published on 1 Mar 2011 by sideshowbobette
5.0 out of 5 stars i'm amazed at how much i "thought" i knew
fun to read and once again i'm amazed at how much i thought i knew but didn't.
well worth the read ,but better of buying a second hand copy the full price is a bit much for... Read more
Published on 14 May 2010 by H. nathalie
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have if you're a Qi fan
Really awesome book. I myself am a Qi fan so it's really cool to have an annual to do with the show at home. Read more
Published on 13 April 2010 by Jalelo Gram
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite interesting indeed
This is one of those books that you either read all in one go or in stages. It is jammed to the inside covers with information. Quite entertaining also.
Published on 10 Feb 2009 by Chief M
2.0 out of 5 stars Barely interesting and doesn't transfer
I love the TV show QI. I'm a fan of most of the guests, have seen several in live gigs or else read a number of their various books, I've got the first series box set, the first... Read more
Published on 13 Jan 2008 by Nigel Collier
4.0 out of 5 stars Really funny
I bought this for someone else for Xmas but I've managed to read just about all of it myself. Its really very funny and would appeal to almost anyone. Read more
Published on 18 Dec 2007 by Naomi
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