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

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"An invaluable reference tool of extraordinary breadth." -- FAMILY HISTORY MONTHLY

"I still feel affection for old Brewer, the "dictionary of last resort". Want to know how to write in Ogham? Or what a hymen really is?" -- Simon Winchester, THE WEEK

"the first book I ever bought for myself. It cost 10s and 6d which is a little over 50p. I've twice been asked to write introductions for later editions, which is like some little Scottish schoolboy being a caddy at St Andrews and later on being invited as a champion golfer" -- Terry Pratchett, THE GUARDIAN - From the Pieces of Me feature --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1584 pages
  • Publisher: Brewer's; 18 edition (July 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0550104119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0550104113
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.5 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #944,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I love this comprehensive dictionary. It is major fun and should be on everyone's book shelf. My copy is the 18th edition and contains many new items. It is certainly eclectic with a very wide scope. At an astounding 1,460 pages (small font) you will most assuredly find arcane and exciting information that you previously did not know. I consider myself to be a successful autodidact but I am constantly blown away every single time I open the book for general reading. Yes it is designed to "look things up as needed" but slow reading each page is big time fun!

This edition contains so many enticing nuggets of information you will be entertained and enlightened for hours.

Highly Recommended

Michael L. Gooch

Buy this and you just might become a Brewerphile!
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Love this book !!! Yes it is an encyclopedia of trivia in the form of a dictionary, but who cares ?? GET one and your knowledge base will increase...
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One of a kind resource volume. Valuable tool for literary research for fiction or non-fiction writers. A unique value of this book is the history of fact and fable going back hundreds of years, even to the beginning of language and writing. There are over 1100 pages in this fifteenth edition which I was able to obtain in used, but very serviceable condition, at a bargain price from Amazon.
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This book is an amazing collection of obscure facts and knowledge. It got its first trial on mothering day and since then has been browsed through. To paraphrase Terry Pratchett's praise, you may not always find what you were looking for, but you will find something that fascinates and amazes.
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Peruse through this compilation of interesting factoids, from snippets of history and hilarious word origins to the definition of Shrek. Great for writers, or anyone looking to expand their knowledge in a variety of areas.
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This Brewer's Dictionary was purchased as a gift, after I had received it and thumbed through it a few times I had to buy another for our house hold too.
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