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I Used to Know That: Stuff You Forgot From School [Hardcover]

Caroline Taggart
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a droll personal audit of how much - or how little - of school learning lingers on into later life... it is not only fun to dip into, it is a mine of useful information... It's all there, easily found, clearly laid out (The Oldie)

Amusing but useful... I am not the only one planning to keep it on my desk to avoid any intellectually embarrassing moments (The Scotsman)

This is a fascinating book... it will no doubt be a great source of entertainment around many a dinner table (She)

A fun and witty collection of snippets of information we 'used to know' from school (Essentials)

This is an absorbing volume of familiar facts and figures you may well have forgotten... If the answers are just out of reach, but you know them really, this is the book for you (Sainsbury's Magazine)

It is a fascinating read and you might even learn a few things you missed out on first time around (Townswoman Magazine)

It covers everything we should remember from school but don't (The Western Mail)

could help you connect with your childhood, boost your brainpower and remind your kids just how clever you are (Irish News)

[an] entertaining rag-bag of a book, a sort of cocktail of half-remembered things from your schooldays (Birmingham Evening Mail)

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"a droll personal audit of how much - or how little - of school learning lingers on into later life... it is not only fun to dip into, it is a mine of useful information... It's all there, easily found, clearly laid out."

From the Publisher

In the same series as the bestselling I Before E (Except After C) and My Grammar and I (Or should it be Me?)

From the Author

When I started to think about this book, I thought I remembered quite a lot of stuff. After all, I do crosswords and pub quizzes and nobody will play Trivial Pursuit with me. But when I got down to writing it, I realised that I only sort of remembered. I thought I knew what photosynthesis was, until I tried to explain it. When I ran the maths chapter past a friend with a maths degree, I discovered I didn't even know what pi was. I couldn't remember what happened at the end of Wuthering Heights and had to confess that I had never read War and Peace (which was a bit embarrassing, as it turns out to be my publisher's favourite book). To make matters worse, the more I talked to people about what I might put in the book, the more I realised that we had all forgotten different things. I spoke to an American friend who said that she had certainly once known the names of all the presidents and the capitals of all the states; I had a conversation with another friend who she suddenly felt the need to ask me what a square root was. In the end I had to stop asking people, or the book would have been three times the length. Even so, we had to cut a couple of my editor Silvia's favourite bits, so she and I are hoping it will be a success so that we can do Volume 2.

About the Author

Caroline Taggart has worked in publishing for nearly 30 years, the last 18 of them as a freelance editor of non-fiction. She has edited innumerable natural history titles, notably Jonathan Scott's Big Cat Diary books and the tie-in to the BBC series Walking with Dinosaurs, as well as books on gardening, cookery, health, witchcraft, pop music, the Blitz, the D-Day landings, the House of Commons and the English language. She has also written a handbook for mature students and an encyclopaedia of dogs. The first book Caroline wrote was I Used To Know That, a Sunday Times bestseller published in 2008. This was followed by My Grammar and I (also a Sunday Times bestseller), Answers to Rhetorical Questions, A Classical Education, An Apple A Day and Pushing the Envelope. Her books have appeared in the Sunday Times, Daily Express, Daily Telegraph, the Times, the Sun and many other publications, and her frequent television and radio appearances include BBC1 Breakfast, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 5 Live.
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