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The team behind the New York Times bestseller The Book of General Ignorance turns conventional biography on its head and shakes out the good stuffFollowing their Herculean or is it Sisyphean efforts to save the living from ignorance the two wittiest Johns in the English language turn their attention to the deadAs the authors themselves say “The first thing that strikes you about the Dead is just how many of them there are” Helpfully Lloyd and Mitchinson have employed a simple—but ruthless—criterion for inclusion the dead person has to be interestingHere then is a dictionary At its best this book introduced me to fascinating figures I knew nothing about Tesla for example has to be one of history s most underrated individuals he was brilliant uirky and I can t wait to read about him At its worst though you feel like you are reading the same 5 page biography over and over grew up impoverished father died young achieved success or fame had weird sexual habits died penniless The authors seem very influenced by Freud he s covered here too and I got tired of them dissecting the sexual habits of almost every subject in their book Overall uneven but probably worth reading for the 5 or 6 gems that lie within

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The Book of the Dead

Stay put—the dearly departed from the inventor of the stove to a cross dressing bear baiting female gangster finally receive the epitaphs they truly deserveDiscover Why Freud had a lifelong fear of trains The one thing that really made Isaac Newton laugh How Catherine the Great really died no horse was involvedMuch like the country doctor who cured smallpox he’s in here Lloyd and Mitchinson have the perfect antidote for anyone out there dying of boredom The Book of the Dead like life itself is hilarious tragic bizarre and amazing You may never pass a graveyard again without chuckli was this well researched no ideawas the style of some chapters sometimes tabloid like yeahwas i entertained by the entire book absolutely

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Of the dead an encyclopedia of the embalmed Ludicrous in scope whimsical in its arrangement this wildly entertaining tome presents pithy and provocative biographies of the no longer living from the famous to the undeservedly and—until now—permanently obscure Spades in hand Lloyd and Mitchinson have dug up everything embarrassing fascinating and downright weird about their subjects’ lives and added their own uniuely irreverent observationsOrganized by capricious categories—such as dead people who died virgins who kept pet monkeys who lost limbs whose corpses refused to I should preface this review by pointing out that this was the book that I started my 24 hour Dyslexia Action charity readathon with for the first two and a half hours I was finishing this off It certainly isn t a book that you d want to read over and over again nor a book that you could sit down and whizz through in one sitting unless you were trying to raise money for charity by trying to read for 24 hours straightThat said it is a reasonably long read but try not to be fooled by the blurb of the book which makes it sound as though it only talks about a dozen historical figures It s true that the book is broken up in to sections and certain key figures like Isaac Newton and Benjamin Franklin take up than their fair share of the manuscript but it would be unfair to say that the book is all about themIn fact Lloyd and Mitchinson the two writers who are behind the creation of I and a bunch of other well known TV shows have clearly done their research than that they


10 thoughts on “The Book of the Dead

  1. says:

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    Found this on the shelves in a hotel I was staying at and picked it up out of curiosity It´s a selection of biographies of interesting dead people hence the title organised into chapters such as unhappy childhoods what comes next etc I read it cover to cover in two days and it fell into my suitcase to keep as a reference book If

  3. says:

    At its best this book introduced me to fascinating figures I knew nothing about Tesla for example has to be one of history's most underrated individuals he was brilliant uirky and I can't wait to read about him At

  4. says:

    There's a cute statistical argument for predicting when the End of Days will occur it goes something like this Suppose you reach into my pocket and pull out some balls Oi no giggling this is serious maths I've got a number of balls in my pocket and the balls are numbered 1 2 3 etc up to the number of balls If I have ten balls they're numbered one to ten if I have a thousand balls they're numbered one to a thousand if I have a billion bal

  5. says:

    I should preface this review by pointing out that this was the book that I started my 24 hour Dyslexia Action charity readathon with – for the first two and a half hours I was finishing this off It certainly isn’t a book

  6. says:

    Stephen Fry calls this book “dead good” according to the cover text And he’s right It’s weird odd intriguing absorbing and deathly good It’s also a perfect reminder to fiction readers like me that biographies can be entertaining read

  7. says:

    If you are looking for something that is incredibly in depth neatly organized then you should probably look elsewhere If you want something that would be great to read at 10 15 seconds at a time then you'll like

  8. says:

    the makers of the uiz show I a collection of biographies of famous people or less tied together by themed chapters very much going f

  9. says:

    was this well researched no ideawas the style of some chapters sometimes tabloid like yeahwas i entertained by the entire book absolutely

  10. says:

    Interesting read about famous infamous and little known people who have in some way contributed or changed the way we live today Now I’ll know the references made in the Big Bang Theory 😂