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QI Annual 2011 Hardcover – 4 Nov 2010

4.6 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber (4 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571270964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571270965
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.2 x 29.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 388,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

The latest QI Annual, 'H', to accompany the new top-rated BBC1 TV series

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, and Blackadder. If pressed, he'd concur with Heraclitus: 'abundance of knowledge does not teach men to be wise.'

John Mitchinson is from the world of books. The original Marketing Director of Waterstone's, he became Managing Director of Cassell, where he published The Beatles, Michael Palin and Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. He's with Einstein: 'There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.'


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I'm not usually the greatest fan of fact-books, but this one is actually gorgeous. Funny and sparky and filled with brilliant illustrations. Lovers of the show will enjoy the TV tie-in aspect, but it's got enough info and original artwork to stand alone as an anuual. Ideal Christmas prezzie for small boys too - very useful. It's also quite silly. Okay, very silly. In a good way.
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The perfect mix of the sublime and the ridiculous - this annual is truly the gift that keeps on giving. I can't believe the random and amazing facts beginning with H that I now possess that I didn't an hour ago! It's got brains and beauty - give it to someone you're sharing Christmas with and then steal it straight back after lunch, sniggering, and reading out facts to everyone nearby. I love this annual. And not just for the picture of Mr Fry looking quizzicly at a hedgehog.
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I've actually only watched the TV show sporadically but that isn't a requirement to enjoy this at all. The annual has great cartoons and some very funny quotes from the season - good Christmas gift, and particularly enjoyed more info on hippos than I ever knew existed.
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it's proper good! Chock-full of wonder and daftness like the annuals you used to get as a kid - a veritable car crash between a lorry load of 'Look-and-Learns' and A Lamborghini rammed with Britain's best comedians - Hurrah!
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This annual marks another step towards 'J', the best letter, and it's an excellent step: always interesting, often amusing, and occasionally very embarrassing, as you may find if you read 'HENJ' on a crowded Tube train and convince those around you that you are a giggling lunatic. It has the gentle plodding warmth of a typical episode of QI, and I can't think of any book that I've seen recently that makes better read in the loo. Jo Brand's contributions are particularly wonderful, but it's a consistently lovely annual, and I would recommend it to anybody who is clever and needs a giggle.
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This is a great book to accompany a hangover and left-over Christmas dinner. It is a sort of leftover book - a hodgepodge of tasty scraps that just need reheating. The cartoon, superhero, super-facty style makes it quite a boysy book, but then it is quite a boysy show. Would be great for a 12 year old's stocking, but just as good for Grandad. What makes it a great Christmas book is that it is brilliant for sharing.Loads of facts and jokes to read out loud. But better content than a christmas cracker.
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The QI Annual for 2011 really is like walking through a bristling garden animated with all things 'H'. The amount of information is almost overwhelming, but the humour, and the variation in graphics and layout tip the scales in favour of an amusing, engrossing experience, rather than a dense slog.
The book reads like an encyclopedia of back-stories, journalistic scoops, and truths revealed--making the comic-book design references all the more appropriate as the dark sidestreets, and unlit back-alleys of history are combed for their stories.
A veritable deluge of details, and engrossing (even when it's gross!) the QI 2011 Annual ia a delightful garden path down which to stray.
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I am an avid QI fan but somehow feel slightly cheated by this offering. Seems to have a rather 'celebrity mates' gimmicky feel to it rather than the higher quality one expected. I am sure the content is good, such as there is, but in presentation it feels slightly wrong to me. Perhaps I'm just in a 'bah humbug' sort of mood.
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