Afterliff Hardcover – 15 Aug 2013
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Thirty years after The Meaning of Liff became an international bestseller, comes Afterliff: John Lloyd and John Canter's hilarious dictionary of familiar objects and experiences 'that there should be words for but aren't', compiled using recycled names found on signposts.
About the Author
John Lloyd has a broadcasting background. As a radio producer he devised The News Quiz and To the Manor Born before moving to television to start Not the Nine O'Clock News, Spitting Image, Blackadder and, of course, QI. Jon Canter is a novelist and scriptwriter who has written for Lenny Henry, Rowan Atkinson, Richard Wilson and Dawn French, among others. His novels Seeds of Greatness, A Short Gentleman and Worth are published by Vintage.
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This time around, contributions were sought from such luminaries as Sanjeev Bhaskar and Helen Fielding, as well as random people who just happened to be passing through (of which I am one).
It's a brilliant gift for anyone. The perfect Christmas present for maiden aunts (like me), nerds (again, me) or just the family nutter (I'm not doing myself any favours here...).
I guarantee that this book contains not one espelette, and I abjure you never to let it be left in the erquery.
If you don't know what I'm babbling about, you need this book. In fact, you need it no matter what.
The only drawback is that it can cause queues of desperate, cross-legged people...
In this new collection, hundreds of fans of Liffs have produced and contributed their own (I am among them) and they are assembled in this volume. I found this doubly delightful: wildly funny, but also confirmation that Liffs themselves, and the urge to create them, are an experience many of us share.
Douglas Adams (one of the original authors) was arguably a pioneer of crowd-sourcing with his h2g2 website (a crowd-sourced encyclopedia predating, but very similar in spirit to, Wikipedia) and I feel he would have loved the idea of crowd-sourced Liffs. John Lloyd and John Canter have completed and edited the collection superbly and the whole book seems a continuation of, but also a warm tribute to, the original. I recommend it to anyone who loves language, or has ever had a weird experience and wanted to find a word for it.
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