Why Not Catch-21? by Gary Dexter
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Why Not Catch-21?
By Gary Dexter

Why Not Catch-21?

The Stories Behind the Titles

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Why Not Catch-21? by Gary Dexter

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Most book titles simply describe the contents of the book they are attached to. Crime and Punishment is about crime and punishment, and Brideshead Revisited is about revisiting Brideshead. But a small number of book titles have a rather odd, separate existence, almost as independent literary artefacts. The stories behind them are quite different from the stories behind the actual books. Winnie-the-Pooh, for example is to do with a swan on a pond at a holiday cottage. The Postman Always Rings Twice is about the travails of a screenwriter. And Catch-22 only got that way after a clash with another author, and via a route that included several other numbers. In Why Not Catch-21?, Gary Dexter looks at 50 iconic books and explores the fascinating stories behind how they got their titles.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780711229259
ISBN-10: 0711229252
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 18mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 23-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Gary Dexter

Gary Dexter is the writer of a long-running column for the Sunday Telegraph.

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