Reverend Guppy's Aquarium: How Jules Lotard, Adolphe Sax, Roy Jacuzzi and Co

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What is the connection between a rather unflattering item of clothing and the French trapeze artist Jules Leotard? Which filling did the Earl of Sandwich opt for when he made his great culinary invention? And was there really a Sir Oswald Binge whose week-long feasts were notorious for their excess? The Reverend Guppy's Aquarium answers these and many other questions drawn from the remoter corners of the English language, exploring the lives of an extraordinarily diverse range of people who happen to have one thing in common: by chance or deliberately, they have left their names deeply embedded in the language and consciousness of future generations. Each figure has something to tell us about a moment in history, or a discovery or invention, whether it's Laszlo Biro and his pioneering writing implement, or Etienne de Silhouette who, having fallen from grace at the French court, spent much of the later part of his life mournfully cutting out paper shapes. Not to mention the Reverend Robert Lechmere Guppy, fish-discoverer extraordinaire. Each life in The Reverend Guppy's Aquarium is quirky and often bizarre. Few of them would merit a footnote, let alone an entry, in the history books. But they all reveal that the prospect of immortality is only a fluke away. In an age of instant 15-minute celebrity, that's a reassuring thought.

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Philip Dodd developed a love of words and language as the son of dedicated crossword solvers, while studying French and Spanish at Oxford, and in a career as a book publisher and editor. His books include The Book Of Cities and Musical Instruments. He has also worked with the Rolling Stones for their autobiography According To The Rolling Stones, and with Nick Mason on his memoir Inside Out: A Personal History Of Pink Floyd, and he is the editor of Genesis: Chapter & Verse. He lives in London and in Rochester, Kent with his wife, two daughters and a tankful of guppies.

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"... brilliantly funny and engaging" * Scotland on Sunday * "... one long glorious swerve ... the book requires no such justification and no defence. Like all good things - like pies - it just is." * Guardian * "Whilst there are some 'ah-ha' moments, as pieces of each puzzle fall into place, it is the storytelling and the author's obvious affection for his subject that give a heart to this book. It's a quirky collection, concerned as much with people, history and fate as with their eponymous associations" * FT Magazine *

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