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on 18 October 2014
There are some gems in this book, many of which are well known. But the overall political hue is too far to the right to be able to class this as either a "good" or "representative" collection of rhetoric.
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VINE VOICEon 24 November 2012
Fred Metcalf wrote many of David Frost's best lines, he's also anthologised jokes and quotations for Penguin in the past. This collection is fresh, drawing from sources such as Twitter (which justifies a new purchase) and quirky.

I was pleased to discover some writers I'd never heard of before like Sally Poplin, who is quite sharp, and Michael Deacon, who writes sketches for the Daily Telegraph. It was also fun to find many of Boris Johnson's best.

As a speechwriter, I bought the book to add to my armoury of witticisms to relax audiences (as Metcalf points out many speeches fail because of lack of humour). You can't always see the value of a quote until you've tried it out, but these quotations are short and the familiar feedline -punchline structure is there in most of them. One quibble, there is no index of contributors in the back, which is useful when you're trying to find a quotation you half remember.

Still, it will be the first book I turn to in 2013 when I'm struggling for inspiration.
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on 12 February 2013
A very enjoyable and insightful book for those who enjoy wit at its best. It makes you realise the power of a few well-chosen words.
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on 24 December 2012
A great book to keep,to hand for those times when you're waiting around for something or someone. Be warned though, you will get glared at by other sitters and waiters, as you find yourself chuckling at some of the witty, or even cutting remarks.
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on 24 June 2013
its ok to dip in and out of if you are bored to while away the time but it is not for along read
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on 26 June 2016
This book arrived this afternoon and I just can't put it down and am becoming very boring because I can't stop reading out stuff from it. It is so funny. You must read Bush stuff and anything said by Healey - oh and the poor old Lib Dems.. Much thicker than I thought (that's the book).

Such an antidote to the current political turmoil.
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on 10 August 2013
You may like it depending on your sense of humour. There are of course some very good humorous quotations some you will have heard many times before. Nevertheless it could be useful to quote some of these at gatherings like weddings, etc. etc.
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on 9 July 2013
Well organised with plenty of cross-referencing. The selection is broad and refreshingly unusual at times. While it may be useful for those who are writing professionally, it is also highly entertaining just for personal enjoyment.
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on 3 July 2013
You'll find some cracking quotes in here, some attributable, and quite a lot of unattributed. Great fun reading it and thinking, "Ye Gods! How can I use this one in my day to day conversations?"
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on 11 July 2013
This book is a compendium of quotes on politicians, politics, political and other issues, such as equality, war, government etc. All delivered with wit and wisdom. Thoroughly enjoyable.
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