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The Guardian Book of April Fool's Day Paperback – 1 Mar 2008

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press (1 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845133447
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845133443
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,994,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"* 'A merry little book: you'd need to be very po-faced not to enjoy it' Spectator"

Synopsis

There was the legendary "Spaghetti Harvest" on BBC Panorama in the late 50s, and the "Guardian"'s entire Travel supplement in the 80s devoted to the imaginary island of Sans Seriffe. And these days the 1st April is not complete without an obligatory spoof story in all the national newspapers, on the Today programme, whether it be a Mail exclusive about the Queen going to the bookies or the Independent's more esoteric revelation that the theme-tune to The Archers was to be spiced up and modernised by Brian Eno.Now, for the first time, Martin Wainwright tells the history of how April Fool's Day first came about, when it developed into a media phenomenon, and collects all the best examples from across the world of April Fool spoofs over the years. He also looks at the effects of the best tall stories - how people were taken in - and finds the most laughably incredible stories published on April 1st that were actually perfectly true. The author will ensure that at least one story quoted as an April Fool spoof from the past is actually a flagrant invention of his own to fool the reader.


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