The Definitive Compendium
Highlighting the rich diversity of the English language, this dictionary defines thousands of phrases that are commonly used but whose origins may have been lost or altered over the years – ‘knock on wood’, for example, stems from the belief that tapping on a tree trunk would summon a guardian spirit. Less common phrases, such as kew-kaw (upside down) are explained, and literal translations are given for phrases borrowed from other languages.
The Ultimate Book of Impostors
Over 100 True Stories of the Greatest Phonies and Frauds
Kidnappers, murderers and conmen, pretenders to the throne and even an ex-Postmaster General (the infamous John Stonehouse)... Ian Graham presents a collection of impostors who were mostly up to no good, but some had good reason to pretend to be somebody else – warehouseman Marvin Hewitt stole a scientist's identity in order to teach physics, and ME Clifton James became Montgomery's double to fool Nazi intelligence officers.
'You're nearly old enough to be dead, aren't you, Grandma?' 'If teachers keep asking you questions, does that mean they don't know much?' Compiled by former school inspector Gervase Phinn, this collection of children's disarming observations and impossible-to-answer questions proves Phinn’s point that 'on the whole' children are an amazing source of amusement and wonder.