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Foyle's Philavery Hardcover – February 27, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0550103291 ISBN-10: 0550103295 Edition: Reprint

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 233 pages
  • Publisher: Chambers; Reprint edition (February 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0550103295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0550103291
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,381,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I happen to be one of those people who love these kinds of books, though unfortunately they frequently get lost in the melange of frippery that is located around the checkout counter at better bookstores. Anyway, Foyle, who happens to own such a bookstore in London, has collected a fair-sized book's worth of odd and distinctive words, his favourite of which is "kakistocracy, a system of government where the rulers are the least competent, least qualified or most unprincipled citizens"--a word we ought to use more frequently. -- The Morning News Book Digest 20080324 I have found many surprises in the Philavery -- I didn't know that alopecia literally means fox mange! -- Roddy Lumsden's Blog, www.booksfromscotland.com 20080324

About the Author

Christopher Foyle is Chairman, Managing Director and owner of Air Foyle, originally founded in 1978 as an executive air charter company. He is a past President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) and became Chairman of the British Cargo Airline Alliance from its inception in 1998. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Liveryman of the Guild of Air Pilots, Chairman of The Air League, a Freeman of the City of London and a Patron of the Book Trade Benevolent Society. He has been a frequent speaker at conferences in the US, Europe and the CIS on air cargo, air finance, CIS aviation and virtual passenger airlines. In 1999 he became Chairman of his world famous family bookselling business, Foyles, in Charing Cross Road, London. He took over a declining business and having installed a new management team and financial systems is currently turning the business around to recapture the position and reputation Foyles once held. From 2000 its turnover started to rise again and in 2003/2004 it made its first trading profit for seven years. He also hosts and chairs the famous Foyles Literary Luncheons, founded in 1903.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Moggy Womps on July 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
You get exactly what is described in the product information and the result is great!

Soon your whole vocabulary may start growing stranger and stranger. You may even lose touch with your life-long friends.

Who cares? This is a super fun way to go!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Blumenau TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is great fun for those who are interested in unusual words, even though there is, I think, a slight padding out. By my reckoning at least, some ten words out of the 105 listed here beginning with the letter A are not really all that unusual. But this must be a somewhat subjective judgment. Some 73 of the words under A I had never come across, and that's a pretty good score for this beautifully produced book. Would make a lovely present for a philaveryphile!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spudman TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
There's something quite appealing about this book. If books can have an ambience, then Foyle's Philavery has it. With its red cloth spine, red fabric bookmark, and odd garden graphic cover, the book whets one's appetite for the treasure of unusual words inside.

Most of the words within are words I've never seen and never shall again. I'm not sure whether I feel cheated or proud because of the handful of familiar words included in this collection. Though I'd met them before, it was nice renewing acquaintance with words like: lacrymose, monstrance,manumit, legerdemain, and phrenologist, a word remembered from Hound of the Baskervilles.

The book presents the words alphabetically as dictionaries are apt to do. With each word a definition and part of speech are included. Occasionally Foyle throws in a second definition, some history of the word, or even an example sentence. Oddly a pronunciation guide page is included at the beginning, but no respellings are included and precious few pronunciation clues.

Lovers of language will love this book. Most others will look at it with puzzlement. As for me, I was enthralled.
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By Tessa Barnard on April 10, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Good day: to be honest, the product did not meet my expectations. The book itself is an amazing publication, however because I could not get it anywhere else, I ordered and purchased through 'Amazon' which was costly indeed! For the price I paid, I would have expected the book to arrive in perfect condition. It did not! It is clear to me that in the packaging process, and by means of some packaging machine, several of the books' pages have been damaged. I could put see through cellotape on those damaged pages, but I would rather return the book and get a copy that is in pristine condition. Thank you. Tessa Barnard
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