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The Penguin Factfinder (Penguin Reference Library) [Paperback]

David Crystal
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29 Mar 2007 Penguin Reference Library

Our very own 'national treasure' (as declared by John Humphrys) David Crystal brings us yet another quintessential knowledge compendium. The new edition of The Penguin Factfinder has been fully revised and updated to reflect recent changes in politics, sport, culture and the arts to the end of 2006.

In an age where information is easy to find but hard to verify, Crystal brings us a refreshingly straightforward resource. The Penguin Factfinder is about facts – no jargon or flowery descriptions, no error messages or anonymous sources – just the basic facts from one of Britain's most trusted and authoratitive information providers. We believe every word to be true. Where else can you get a guarantee like that?

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  • Paperback: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 3Rev Ed edition (29 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141026227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141026220
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Crystal is Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor. He has published over ninety books, including many for Penguin, and was awarded the OBE for services to the English language in 1995. He is also the editor of The Penguin Encyclopedia. He lives in Holyhead, Anglesey.

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3.0 out of 5 stars reference book 23 Mar 2010
OK. I have a previous edition under the Cambridge banner so knew what I was getting except binding and feel of this latest one not as good as the original. I would imagine that is down to cost considerations?
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5.0 out of 5 stars gift 11 Mar 2013
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It is an updated book to what was already in his possession - used every weekend when crosswords get difficult
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gift 2 Feb 2013
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Bought as a gift a nd well received. Is a very useful book to hsve on the coffee table beside you.
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2.0 out of 5 stars culturally biased facts 27 Dec 2008
Both "The Penguin Factfinder" and "The Penguin Book of Facts" are excellent books to look up objective data, like Fahrenheit-Celsius conversion, the periodic table of elements, or the population of Canada.

Both books, however, are so heavily biased in favour of the English-speaking world that all the lists are suspect, and therefore perfectly hopeless as reliable comparative sources. I would have expected Penguin to do much better than this.
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