From the ice-age recordings of moon cycles and the earliest calendars, to modern wristwatches and quantum clocks, time and its effects have always enthralled mankind. We’ve spent centuries developing new ways of measuring time, describing it and quantifying it, and such methods have given rise to some of the most technically and aesthetically beautiful devices ever invented. This book is a tribute to timekeeping in its many forms and takes in the most significant creations as well as countless time trivia – peppered with time-related anecdotes and quotes, this really is an essential handbook for anyone fascinated by the fourth dimension.
Death may be bleak but – rest in peace – there is nothing gloomy about this curious compendium of tales of the departed. Here is a book that looks at the funny side of one of life’s certainties. With advice on planning your big finish and how to attract the crowds at your funeral, as well as inspirational anecdotes involving extremely wealthy animals, no headstone is left unturned in the quest for hilarity. From funeral facts and famous last words, to musings on the afterlife, all that is witty and wry about kicking the bucket is presented here for your amusement.
“A new book, I Told You I Was Ill by Liz Evers, has uncovered the funniest gags to do with the darkest subject.” - The Sun, September 2012
We’ve all studied Shakespeare, read his plays, and quoted his words. But how much do we really remember about him? With I Used to Know That: Shakespeare you’ll be taken back to the classroom for an engaging look at the man and his work that is sure to fill in all the details.Part of the best-selling I Used to Know That educational series.
“The author’s easy-to-follow guide is written in a very user-friendly style that draws you into the book. When you’ve finished, you’ll understand the basics and be prepared to read his plays or sonnets without fear. ” – Roundtable Reviews, May 2011
The works of William Shakespeare have been a permanent feature on school curricula for years, and almost everybody can boast even a basic knowledge of his life and craft. But, with thirty-eight plays, over 150 sonnets and numerous other poems, there’s such a wealth of material it’s no wonder we sometimes forget the finer details. ‘To Be Or Not To Be’ is a fresh, new look at Shakespeare’s work showing how and why it remains such an integral part of popular culture and the English language. This book covers everything: from the characters, essential plotlines and the famous lines from a host of Shakespeare’s greatest works, to illuminating information on the playwright himself.
‘Evers succeeds in demonstrating that much of modern English balances on a scaffold constructed by one man, an endeavour she carries out, refreshingly in a field which tends to be depressingly sober, with plenty of wit and bags of wisdom.’ – The Hamlet Weblog, March 2011
‘This entertaining and accessible guide to the life and works of Shakespeare is a treasure trove that nobody should be without.’ – Mature Times, October 2010