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The Book of the Dead: Lives of the Justly Famous and the Undeservedly Obscure

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The team behind the New York Times bestseller The Book of General Ignorance turns conventional biography on its head—and shakes out the good stuff.

 

Following their Herculean—or is it Sisyphean?—efforts to save the living from ignorance, the two wittiest Johns in the English language turn their attention to the dead.

 

As the authors themselves say, “The first thing that strikes you about the Dead is just how many of them there are.” Helpfully, Lloyd and Mitchinson have employed a simple—but ruthless—criterion for inclusion: the dead person has to be interesting.

 

Here, then, is a dictionary of the dead, an encyclopedia of the embalmed. Ludicrous in scope, whimsical in its arrangement, this wildly entertaining tome presents pithy and provocative biographies of the no-longer-living from the famous to the undeservedly and—until now—permanently obscure. Spades in hand, Lloyd and Mitchinson have dug up everything embarrassing, fascinating, and downright weird about their subjects’ lives and added their own uniquely irreverent observations.

 

Organized by capricious categories—such as dead people who died virgins, who kept pet monkeys, who lost limbs, whose corpses refused to stay put—the dearly departed, from the inventor of the stove to a cross-dressing, bear-baiting female gangster finally receive the epitaphs they truly deserve.

 

Discover:

* Why Freud had a lifelong fear of trains

* The one thing that really made Isaac Newton laugh

* How Catherine the Great really died (no horse was involved)

 

Much like the country doctor who cured smallpox (he’s in here), Lloyd and Mitchinson have the perfect antidote for anyone out there dying of boredom. The Book of the Dead—like life itself—is hilarious, tragic, bizarre, and amazing. You may never pass a graveyard again without chuckling.

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From the authors of "The Book of General Ignorance" comes a hilarious collection of pithy and provocative biographies of an impressive range of characters, from the internationally and immortally famous to the undeservedly and (until now) permanently obscure.

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. Like the philosopher William James, he thinks there are only three important things in life: “The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.”

 

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.”

 

The cult TV panel show QI first aired on the BBC in September 2003 with John Lloyd producing and John Mitchinson in charge of the research.

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Sheila Deeth, January 6, 2014 (view all comments by Sheila Deeth)
Stephen Fry calls this book “dead good” according to the cover text. And he’s right. It’s weird, odd, intriguing, absorbing and deathly good. It’s also a perfect reminder, to fiction readers like me, that biographies can be entertaining reads. It’s the sort of book where you’ll laugh quietly, then insist on telling some vital detail to whoever’s sitting nearby, then you’ll read on, and read aloud, and no one will wonder why. It’s full of strange and fascinating details. It’s classified and collected in such a curious way (dead people who kept monkeys perhaps) that you’ll never know what’s coming next. It’s well constructed with fascinating tie-ins and connections that really shouldn’t work. And it covers a world and a wealth of people who only have in common the fact that they’re dead. Study Catherine the Great’s sex life, imagine St. Cuthbert’s visions, spy on the discovery of a smallpox vaccine (and learn the reason, in passing, that it’s called vaccination), then follow the lives and times of many many more, justifiably famous or unjustifiably obscure. And enjoy!

Disclosure: One of my sons gave me this book for Christmas
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307716408
Subtitle:
Lives of the Justly Famous and the Undeservedly Obscure
Author:
Lloyd, John
Author:
Mitchinson, John
Publisher:
Crown
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Reference
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Biography-Reference
Publication Date:
20100907
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.6 x 5.8 x 1.5 in 5 lb

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