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#117 John Lloyd and John Mitchinson: QI: The Book of General Ignorance

John Lloyd and John Mitchinson: QI: The Book of General Ignorance

Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Faber and Faber; TV Tie in Ed edition (5 Oct 2006)
ISBN-10: 0571233686
Category(ies): General Knowledge

The BBC TV show QI (or Quite Interesting) is one of those delightful programmes that comes along every now and then that revels in knowledge and intelligence, unlike the Big Brother dumb time-filling stuff that is too often to be found. It's a quiz show, hosted by the inimitable Stephen Fry (whose name is more prominent on the cover of this book than its actual authors), and the format is that of a general knowledge quiz show. But a quiz in which the obvious answer is usually wrong, and getting that wrong answer loses far more points than a right answer gains.

As a result, contestants often end with negative points - especially Alan Davies, the regular, whose role it seems to be to come last - while viewers learn such interesting truths as the Canary Islands are named after birds (they're named after dogs, from the Latin canis). Viewers also learn that accepted knowledge is frequently wrong, which is also useful. But it's learnt in a thoroughly entertaining way, usually as Alan Davies falls into yet another trap.

This book is a couple of hundred or so such questions, with the wrong answer mentioned, and then the right. It's as close as you can get to the feel of the programme, without having a silly 'turn over for the answer' style format.

The book of the show. That's a good show, and this is a good book.
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