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Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable Hardcover – 15 Oct 2006

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 868 pages
  • Publisher: Chambers; 2 edition (15 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0304368091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304368099
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 18.2 x 5.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,002,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I can't remember when I last learnt quite so many different things from one book" (Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday)

"...peerless...Brewer's has kept ahead of the game by compiling this

marvelous compendium...It has captured the flavour of the past 100 years"

(The Times)

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A fully revised and updated second edition of the modern Brewer's.

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I am enjoying this companion immensely, reading a few pages before going to sleep each evening. It combines thoroughness with wit and its selection reminds me of many half-remembered events, sayings, publications, etc. As with other such books of reference, it is difficult to look up one item and stop there - all too often one is drawn into a lengthy ramble through its pages emerging better informed and greatly refreshed.

I bought the 18th edition of the original version at the same time, thanks to a couple of Christmas presents, as my previous one is somewhat dated and both are beautiful to look at and handle. They make a handsome pair and I know they will soon become indispensable.

My only quibble is that the binding is inadequate for such a weighty tome.
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Not too impressed with this- all the entries are from the 20th century and are self-explanatory. I am a general reader and can honestly say I didn't learn a thing from this. Very disappointing.

People say that Brewers is the best but for me there is too much emphasis on celebrities and not enough on actual phrasaes for me.
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This just does not compare to the original, non modern version. It is full of shallow, puerile nonsense. Don't waste your money. Get the original. Unless you are not British-born/English fluent. If you are trying to settle here from a quite different culture, then perhaps it might be of some use. Otherwise, it makes a good door stop!
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