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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber; Abridged edition edition (6 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571243673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571243679
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 2.4 x 14.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 906,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

""The Book of General Ignorance" won't make you feel dumb. It's really a call to be more curious."
--"The Associated Press"
"Ignorance may be bliss, but so is learning surprising information."
--"Hartford Courant"
"You, too, can banish social awdwardness by having its endless count of facts and factoids at the ready. Or you could just read it and keep what you learned to yourself. Betcha can't."
--"New York Daily News"
"To impress friends with your cleverness, beg, borrow or buy John Lloyd and John Mitchinson's The Book of General Ignorance, an extraordinary collection of 230 common misperceptions compiled for the BBC panel game QI (Quite Interesting)."
--"Financial Times
"
"This book would make even Edison feel small and silly, for it offers answers to questions you never thought to ask or had no need of asking as you already knew, or thought you knew, the answer."
--"The Economist"
"Trivia books, like any kind of mental or physical addiction, are both irresistible and unsatisfying. By the standards of the genre, this one has something approaching the force of revelation. Answering silly questions suddenly seems less important than taking the trouble to ask a few."
"--MelbourneAge"
"Eye-watering, eyebrow-raising, terrific . . . moving slightly faster than your brain does, so that you haven't quite absorbed the full import of one blissful item of trivial information before two or three more come along. Such fine and creative research genuinely deserves to be captured in print."
--"Daily Mail"

"Trivia buffs and know-it-alls alike will exult to find so much repeatable wisdom gathered in one place."
--"New York Times"
""The Book of General Ignorance" won't make you feel dumb. It's really a call to be more curious."
--"The Associated Press"
"Ignorance may be bliss, but so is learning surprising information."
--"Hartford Courant"
"You, too, can banish social awdwardness by having its endless count of facts and factoids at the ready. Or you could just read it and keep what you learned to yourself. Betcha can't."
--"New York Daily News"
"To impress friends with your cleverness, beg, borrow or buy John Lloyd and John Mitchinson's The Book of General Ignorance, an extraordinary collection of 230 common misperceptions compiled for the BBC panel game QI (Quite Interesting)."
--"Financial Times
"
"This book would make even Edison feel small and silly, for it offers answers to questions you never thought to ask or had no need of asking as you already knew, or thought you knew, the answer."
--"The Economist"
"Trivia books, like any kind of mental or physical addiction, are both irresistible and unsatisfying. By the standards of the genre, this one has something approaching the force of revelation. Answering silly questions suddenly seems less important than taking the trouble to ask a few."
"--Melbourne Age"
"Eye-watering, eyebrow-raising, terrific . . . moving slightly faster than your brain does, so that you haven't quite absorbed the full import of one blissful item of trivial information before two or three more come along. Such fine and creative research genuinely deserves to be captured in print."
--"Daily Mail"
"This UK bestseller redefines 'common knowledge' with factoids that will inform and entertain (or at least liven up your next cocktail party)."
-"OK! Magazine"

Trivia buffs and know-it-alls alike will exult to find so much repeatable wisdom gathered in one place.
"New York Times"
"The Book of General Ignorance" won t make you feel dumb. It s really a call to be more curious.
"The Associated Press"
Ignorance may be bliss, but so is learning surprising information.
"Hartford Courant"
You, too, can banish social awdwardness by having its endless count of facts and factoids at the ready. Or you could just read it and keep what you learned to yourself. Betcha can t.
"New York Daily News"
To impress friends with your cleverness, beg, borrow or buy John Lloyd and John Mitchinson s The Book of General Ignorance, an extraordinary collection of 230 common misperceptions compiled for the BBC panel game QI (Quite Interesting).
"Financial Times
"
This book would make even Edison feel small and silly, for it offers answers to questions you never thought to ask or had no need of asking as you already knew, or thought you knew, the answer.
"The Economist"
Trivia books, like any kind of mental or physical addiction, are both irresistible and unsatisfying. By the standards of the genre, this one has something approaching the force of revelation. Answering silly questions suddenly seems less important than taking the trouble to ask a few.
" Melbourne Age"
Eye-watering, eyebrow-raising, terrific . . . moving slightly faster than your brain does, so that you haven t quite absorbed the full import of one blissful item of trivial information before two or three more come along. Such fine and creative research genuinely deserves to be captured in print.
"Daily Mail"
This UK bestseller redefines common knowledge with factoids that will inform and entertain (or at least liven up your next cocktail party).
"OK! Magazine"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Listen and learn! The Sound of General Ignorance brings you all the best bits of the number-one bestseller The Book of General Ignorance in handy audio form.

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Format: Hardcover
I read the Book of General Ignorance over the week-end. Although I have hundreds of trivia books they all pale into insignificance against this brilliant work which I shall genuinely enjoy forever.

Trivia books leave you feeling you're lacking something. There's something frustrating about a three line `fact' which is unsubstantiated and unexplained.

The Book of General Ignorance is a completely different animal, it awakens curiosity, is hilariously written, illuminating and leaves you desperate to fascinate your friends and family with your newly discovered wonders of the world around us. For once you can explain the background to your discovery and WHY it is so.

A fantastic read, highly recommended.
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Format: Hardcover
If you thought you knew everything, think again :P

After reading this book I know about 100 times more than I did before.

This book is filled with lots of little questions which you think you know the answer to - some of the answers are just to obvious, or so it would seem. One of the joys about reading it is having the ability to just pick the book up and open on any page and you'll be amazed by one fact or another

I won't give away any of the secrets within the book, but whether you are a fan of QI, whether you're not - it's a great book and well worth reading.
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The books is a spin off from the enormously successful BBC2 series QI. If you love the programme you will certainly love the book. If you have never seen the programme, you will probably still love the book.

For those people who enjoy trivia and most people do, myself included, this is a great book to sit down and relax with by the fireside on a cold winter's night. It takes commonly held beliefs and runs them full pelt through the shredder (was Santa Claus really Turkish).

The book is written in a witty way, and the great thing is that armed with all the new facts you now know, you could if you so desired win a few quid in bets and get the price of the book back. Now there's a thought.
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How many people, wanting to know "what it's all about" ambitiously pick up heavyweight volumes of science or history but can't make it past the first chapter? Probably quite a few, myself included. While knowing lots about a narrow area is very much encouraged these days, in schools and universities (ironically), that very narrowness makes it harder to connect your increasing knowledge together; to help get an 'integrated view' of the world; to get across the wonderful stuff you've found out in a way that others can relate to.

That's where this book really scores very highly: it delves deeply enough into the subject material - which is liberally scattered across as many disciplines as you'd find in any university curriculum (and some you won't) - but always manages to pull out into a wide-shot before the end, linking the main facts in each case to other juicy and tempting avenues of knowledge in related areas. It's like wandering through one of those ancient stately homes occupied by billionaire eccentrics who collect everything - it's organised enough to give you some cultural or chronological context, but there's also enough diversity, and also an uncannily hard-to-pin-down method to the madness. Right next to the shrunken heads section there are lightning generating machines and 19th Century robotic chess-players...

The writing style is simple uncomplicated, and never gets in the way of the material. You won't find exclamation marks or lame jokes, but you will notice a suffusion of - well, there's only one word for it - *passion* about the interestingness of the material. You realise that the authors just love this stuff, and you can't help but get pulled in yourself.

"A perfect Boxing Day Book", as I've heard it said...
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Format: Hardcover
Everyone enjoys the BBC2 programme QI. This book takes you through the journey of General Ignorance that will hopefully turn you from the puppy like Alan Davies into a budding Stephen Fry.

There are plenty of books around that attempt to teach you that what you think you know isn't quite true but this one is the definitave guide to knowledge.

So if you think America invented Baseball (It was the English), Thomas Crapper invented the flush toilet(Alfred Giblin), and Jaffa cakes (Apricot) are flavoured with orange jelly then this is the book for you.
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A fantastic book stemming from the popular final round on the BBC's Q.I. series hoisted by Stephen Fry.

As a huge fan of the show I made this book a priority purchase when it became available and don't have a single complaint. Its very easy to pick up and start reading and as easy to put down after you've satisfied your factoid hunting brains!

Brilliant buy. And the series is one of the best shows on TV too - good work.
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An absolute cracking read. Both informative and hilarious at the same time. It is such a broad spectrum of topics covered that it'll appeal to everyone, whether they watch the TV series or not. I shan't spoil the joy of discovery for you but I'll recommend this book whole heartedly. In a market that seems saturated with apparently funny books this stands head and shoulders above the others.
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