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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable, 18th edition Hardcover – July 30, 2010


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  • Hardcover: 1584 pages
  • Publisher: Brewer's; 18 edition (July 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0550104119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0550104113
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 6.6 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #470,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An idiosyncratic adventure, pulling you in and saying: "this is, in fact, not what you werelooking for; but it's much more interesting." -- Terry Pratchett Of all the dictionaries in the world [Brewer's] is the most like a treasure-hunt, where one phrase leads to another, and that to a third, and before you know what's happened, it's time for lunch. -- Philip Pullman Brewer's head-words are so enticing and his definitions so eloquent that it's impossible to stop at one. An addiction may develop. -- Carol Rumens, The Independent 20080912 'By judicious updating and editing and by dint of its elegant design and printing, this latest edition retains as strong a place in its reference market niche as it ever did; long may that continue.' -- Stuart James, Past Editor, Reference Reviews, and formerly University Librarian, University of Paisley, UK 20100609

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey amzn Hill on July 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A great book, but Amazon US is charging about $63 while Amazon UK is only charging about 10 pounds, a huge difference. Shipping cost are similar. Go to the UK web site.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peter Grant on September 17, 2010
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I've read or browsed through every Brewer's edition since #13, and this is an excellent update. Some of Dr. Brewer's original definitions are included (a new feature, everything old is new again), which offers a delightful window into the original text. Brewer's is an excellent reference (What does that name MEAN in Harry Potter? Who was that Tolkien wizard?), but it's also just plain fun to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sherlynn on May 17, 2014
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book is in new condition. very good and comprehensive book it has all the terms that is needed when analysing poetry, text,prose .you should invest in one if taking literature
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