Around the World in 80 Clichés
Overused Expressions from Across the Globe
Exploring the unique ways in which different languages describe universal human experiences, this is a humorous survey of the history and meaning of those catchy idioms, proverbs and expressions that have spread like wildfire. They are arranged under 80 headings, including Mistakes (of which Japanese says that ‘even monkeys fall from trees’) and Overreaction (in Dutch: ‘to shoot a mosquito with a cannon’).
The Battle Over Oscar Wilde's Legacy
For years after Oscar Wilde’s death his two closest friends and former lovers, Lord Alfred Douglas and Robert Ross, fought for control of his manuscripts, and reputation, and argued over who was to blame for his downfall. Drawing on previously unpublished information, Oscar’s Ghost uncovers a bitter feud that involved stalking, blackmail, lawsuits, witness tampering and prison, and influenced the way we perceive Wilde to this day.