Pears Cyclopaedia 2007-2008: A Book of Reference and Background Information for All the Family

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WHATEVER YOU WANT TO KNOW IN 2008…

General information from Gordon Brown to the Gordian Knot Science explained – Darwinism to dark matter, the Big Bang to bird flu Complete Sporting Almanac and Literary Companion Who’s who and has been who throughout history Prizewinners: Olympics to Oscars, Nobel to Grand National Colour World Atlas and Gazetteer Medical matters, the Environment and Economics Ideas and beliefs – acupuncture to Zoroastrianism – elucidated Dictionaries of Art, Music and Cinema Practical Pension, Mortgage and Tax Advice World Affairs from Iran to Hugo Chavez

WHAT IS PEARS? First published in 1897, Pears Shilling Cyclopaedia contained topics ranging from useful facts to questions of etiquette and a compendium of 'curious and useful information about things everyone ought to know in commerce, history, science, religion, literature and other topics of ordinary conversation.' Now 110 years later, Pears is still informing, intriguing and surprising new generations of readers with its mixture of up-to-the-minute facts and figures and little-known curiosities and it is the only book of its kind to be annually updated by experts. It combines accurate topical facts with a century’s worth of accumulated knowledge. Far from just a yearly overview, this is the up-to-the-minute one-volume source.

Pears is as British as cricket (there's coverage of the Ashes, World Cup and 40 years of Test results), Shakespeare (a useful précis of all his plays) and, of course, Britpop (an illuminating paragraph on musical style, history and the bands).

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Review:

The great almanac remains Pears. -- Guardian

The most delicious reference book ever produced. -- amazon.co.uk

From the Author:

This is Dr Christopher Cook's 30th year as general
editor of Pears. Educated at Oxford and Cambridge, he has combined an
academic career with a wide variety of writing and editorial work. His many
books include Britain in the Depression and the Routledge
Companion to World History. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical
Society.

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