Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

‘A lot of my knowledge came from parents who talked to me, a set of children’s encyclopedias, Brooke Bond tea cards – and a second-hand copy of Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase & Fable, still within arm’s reach of my writing chair and flanked by its many successors.’ – Terry Pratchett

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Brewer's Dictionary of London Phrase and Fable

‘If you wish to have a just notion of the magnitude of this city, you must not be satisfied with seeing its great streets and squares, but must survey the innumerable little lanes and courts. It is not in the showy evolutions of buildings, but in the multiplicity of human habitations which are crowded together, that the wonderful immensity of London consists.’ – Samuel Johnson, 1763

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Brewer's Dictionary of Irish Phrase and Fable

‘A serious and scholarly work that packs in an amazing quantity of information.’ – Times Literary Supplement

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Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase and Fable

‘I can’t remember when I last learnt quite so many different things from one book.’ – Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday

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Brewer's Famous Quotations

‘Brewer’s Famous Quotations can be read straight through with pleasure, in bedside helpings.’ – The Spectator

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Nettle Knickers and Exploding Toads

Everything you never knew you wanted to know

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Willie Donaldson's Rogues, Villains and Eccentrics: An A-Z of Roguish Britons Through the Ages

‘The funniest book of the year, and quite possibly of all time.’ – Francis Wheen, Mail on Sunday

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