Listellany: A Miscellany of Very British Top Tens, from Politics to Pop Hardcover – 9 Oct 2014
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'One of the most peculiar books of all time... a good Christmas present for someone that you love' -- Vanessa Feltz, BBC Radio London
'Brilliant and really funny' --Matt Forde
'This book could provoke as many arguments as Monopoly or Scrabble ... I found it very entertaining and recommend it as a bit of fun for someone's Christmas stocking.' --callmemadam blog
'A good stocking filler for the upcoming 'C' season and something to dip into rather than the cracker jokes' --Army Rumour Service
About the Author
John Rentoul is chief political commentator for the ,Independent on Sunday, and visiting fellow at Queen Mary, University of London, where he teaches contemporary history. Previously he was chief leader writer for the Independent. He is the author of The Banned List (E&T, 2011) and Questions to Which the Answer is 'No!' (E&T, 2012).
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Listellany by John Rentoul is a laugh out loud compilation of lists that he has gathered from suggestions from the Great British public covering politics to politics. This would make the ideal stocking filler for those looking for Christmas presents for those who have a different sense of humour. The book asks the question of who knows best? You, John or Twitter? Well clearly it is me, followed by John and can anything sensible really come off twitter?
There are always lists that can make you smile, mine is the political heckles but that might have something to do with a previous life when I was sensible and intelligent. Or for those who often misquote there is a list of the top ten of misquotations or for those wanting to be smart Useful words for which there is no English equivalent mine is 5 on that list Chutzpah wonderful Yiddish.
I can promise if you buy this as stocking filler you will clearly hear all about it on the big day because the reader cannot help but tell you what is on various lists. My eldest niece thought I was nuts when I told her I would like to visit number 2 on the Best British Place Names because they must have a great sense of humour, the place? Pity Me, County Durham.
I can highly recommend this book and it will certainly beat listening to the Queen’s Speech or worse who is going to do the washing up – for which there is no list as yet. Listellany is very British for our weird and wonderful sense of humour and irony buy it and laugh along with me.
Every week in the Independent on Sunday, John Rentoul publishes a top ten based on suggestions from the great British public. Putting all these suggestions into a handy little reference book is an inspired idea. As contained within, are lists upon fascinating lists and answers to questions you never knew you needed an answer for; from the ten worst Beatles songs, through to the top ten of English Monarchs and from the top ten of everyday lies, to the top ten of fictional villains.
I really enjoyed my first read through of this book, at 128 pages it is concise enough to read in one sitting; I found myself, more than once, with a wry smile on my face. Only the British can get excited by the top ten of Best British place names and only a reader will mutter in disapproval at a list of Books people buy but don't read!
It's one of those precious little gems that list lovers will want to keep in a handy place so that they can peruse it time and time again. It would make a perfect gift for a methodical reader like me, or for someone who simply likes a good list.