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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, 19th Edition

By Susie Dent

  • Hardback
  • £39.99

Take the scenic route to knowledge.

In this book:

Much loved for its wit and wisdom since 1870, Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable takes you on a captivating adventure through its trademark blend of language, culture, myth and legend.

Edited by Susie Dent, this new edition contains an intriguing supplement of Brewer's Gems - facts, fables and curiosities from Brewer collections of the past. Its pages brim with esoteric and entertaining entries - everything from curious customs to the world of newspapers and political alliances of yesteryear - all seen through the distinctive Brewer lens.

This nineteenth edition of Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable encapsulates all the charm and wit that characterise its predecessors and maintains the standards of scholarship and eclecticism that have long been its hallmark.

This unique edition has been thoroughly updated with over 100 new and revised entries - think crowdsourcing, cyberpunk, iPad and mash-up - guaranteed to delight, entertain and inspire in the best Brewer's tradition.

Also included are twenty special entries that encapsulate the enticing spirit of the dictionary. Discover Brewer's take on angels, heraldry, pub signs and recluses and delve into the lexicographical world of the eggcorn.

Whether you're a committed Brewerphile or a newcomer to its pages of fascinating entries, this edition will draw you in and keep you glued to its rich mix of eccentric nuggets.

As Susie Dent explains in the foreword, Brewer's "is not a straightforward dictionary, nor is it an encyclopaedia. It is, in fact, unlike any other reference book that exists, anywhere."

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9780550102454
  • Publication date: 31 Aug 2012
  • Page count: 1568
  • Imprint: Chambers

An idiosyncratic adventure, pulling you in and saying: "this is, in fact, not what you were
looking for; but it's much more interesting."

— Terry Pratchett
Of all the dictionaries in the world [Brewer's] is the most like a treasure-hunt, where one phrase leads to another, and that to a third, and before you know what's happened, it's time for lunch. — Philip Pullman
Brewer's head-words are so enticing and his definitions so eloquent that it's impossible to stop at one. An addiction may develop. — Carol Rumens, The Independent


'By judicious updating and editing and by dint of its elegant design and printing, this latest edition retains as strong a place in its reference market niche as it ever did; long may that continue.'

— Stuart James, Past Editor, Reference Reviews, and formerly University Librarian, University of Paisley, UK
Off each page of Brewer's leaps some titbit of cultural or linguistic miscellany, much of which this reader didn't even know that he didn't know. Brewer's is great for unknown unknowns and gives the user a serendipitous adventure. — The Economist

It's the sense of alphabetical happenstance that so enchants the reader today. Open the book anywhere and find a charming list of of incongruous items.
Irresistible.

— The Lady
An excellent present for the person who has everything... — The Oldie
It encourages browsing for the sheer pleasure of it. — Times Literary Supplement
An essential part of a working library. — Times Literary Supplement
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