QI: The Book of the Dead

QI: The Book of the Dead

by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 30/09/2010

  $19.99
The QI Book of the Dead is a book about life.

What an awful thing life is. It's like soup with lots of hairs floating on the surface. You have to eat it nevertheless. - Gustave Flaubert

Around 90 billion people have existed since the human race began. From this huge number, the bestselling QI team selected 600 of the finest examples of our species and researched them in depth, distilling this immense banquet of life into an exquisite tasting menu of six-dozen crisp, racy mini-biographies, where the internationally and immortally famous rub shoulders with the undeservedly and (until now) permanently obscure.

The object is to learn something about what it means to be alive and how we can make the most of the time we have.

The QI Book of the Dead compares and contrasts the different ways individual human beings cope (or fail to cope) with the curves that the uncaring universe* throws at us. Collected into themed chapters with thought-provoking titles such as 'There's Nothing Like a Bad Start in Life', Man Cannot Live by Bread Alone' and 'Is That All There Is?' here is a chance to share the secrets of the Dead, to celebrate their wisdom, to learn from their mistakes, and to marvel at their bad taste in clothes.

The man who is not dead still has a chance.

LEBANESE PROVERB



*We do' t rule out the alternative possibility of a compassionate God whose motives are beyond our ken.
ISBN:
9780571244911
9780571244911
Category:
Gift books
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
30-09-2010
Language:
English
Publisher:
Faber & Faber
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
448
Dimensions (mm):
198x129x28mm
Weight:
0.37kg
John Lloyd

John Lloyd co-founded the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford, where he is a Senior Research Fellow.

Lloyd has written several books, including What the Media Are Doing to Our Politics and Journalism in an Age of Terror.

He is also a contributing editor at the Financial Times and a columnist for both Reuters.com and La Repubblica of Rome.

John Mitchinson

John Mitchinson is the original Marketing Director of Waterstone's, became Managing Director of Cassell and now runs Unbound.

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