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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and facts from the QI team, 17 Dec. 2009
This review is from: QI The Book of the Dead (Hardcover)
Did you know that Issac Newton was a member of parliament in his lifetime? Or that Hans Christian Anderson was terrified of naked women?

If you're a fan of QI, you probably know what this book's all about and will already be trawling the shops in search of a copy. However, you don't need to be a convert to all things Stephen Fry to enjoy this offering. The Book of the Dead provides the reader with mini-biographies of some of histories greatest figures (and some lesser known past marvels) with the only criteria for entry being the subject's interesting life.

Though the book has a couple of minor problems: there are a lot of proofing mistakes and the themes that link historical figures can sometimes be tenuous; it's well worth a read and full of fascinating information told in a humourous fashion. It's the type of thing that'll make a great Xmas present for someone or will be a light, fun travel read.
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Initial post: 3 Jan 2010 00:21:01 GMT
Speaking of proofing mistakes: "mini-biographies of some of histories greatest figures" ?! Surely that should be "history's". That aside (yes, I'm being pedantic, but that's one of the reasons I'm a fan of QI and the wonderful Stephen), this review is definitely nudging me towards at least putting the Book of the Dead on my wishlist!
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