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The reference books I couldn't be without

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The Chambers Dictionary
The Chambers Dictionary
"The best one-volume dictionary there is - the standard for Crosswords and Scrabble.  Indispensable."
Encyclopaedia Britannica 2006
Encyclopaedia Britannica 2006
"Once this filled a bookshelf and cost two months' wages, now it fits in your pocket and costs two hours' pay.  The sum of human knowledge."
The Times Atlas of the World: Comprehensive Edition (Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World)
The Times Atlas of the World: Comprehensive Edition (Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World)
"You can buy cheaper atlases, but not better ones."
Chambers Biographical Dictionary
Chambers Biographical Dictionary
"The ultimate Who's Who - and Who Was."
Chambers Thesaurus
Chambers Thesaurus
"The finest example of just how much Thesauruses have improved since the days of Roget."
Whitaker's Almanack 2006
Whitaker's Almanack 2006
"Still quicker, better, more accurate and accessible than Google.  A superb compendium of knowledge."
Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable, 17th edition
Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable, 17th edition
"Delightfully eclectic, occasionally useless, often uniquely informative."
Chambers Dictionary of Great Quotations: 2nd Edition
Chambers Dictionary of Great Quotations: 2nd Edition
"For the purist, the Oxford dictionary is a better (and more expensive) bet, but Chambers is much more fun!"
The Book of Lists: The Original Compendium of Curious Information
The Book of Lists: The Original Compendium of Curious Information
"Although never perhaps intended as a serious reference work, I never ceased to be amazed by how often I hoik this down from the shelf."
Guinness World Records 2006
Guinness World Records 2006
"Annoyingly useful"