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Description - The Reverend Guppy's Aquarium by Philip Dodd

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? he 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 L szl Bir and his pioneering writing implement, or tienne 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099505723
ISBN-10: 009950572X
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 130mm x 16mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Arrow Books Ltd
Publisher: Cornerstone
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Philip Dodd

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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