101 Things You Wish You'd Invented and Some You Wish No One Had

101 Things You Wish You'd Invented and Some You Wish No One Had

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By (author) Richard Horne, By (author) Tracey Turner, Illustrated by Richard Horne

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  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 111mm x 178mm x 17mm | 308g
  • Publication date: 5 May 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0747591989
  • ISBN 13: 9780747591986
  • Edition statement: UK open market ed
  • Illustrations note: Colour
  • Sales rank: 246,675

Product description

Marvel at the sheer brilliance of invention, from glass to underpants, the noble compass to the humble pencil. Not forgetting, of course, the undeniably indispensable banana suitcase. Filled with fascinating details about everything from the most common everyday object to inventions which changed society, it will also distinguish the strokes of genius from discoveries of sheer chance, or millennia of evolution ...And reveal the real reason why Alfred Nobel had to establish a peace prize (tut, tut). Expand your knowledge of man's accomplishments in the most compelling - and irreverent - way possible.

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Author information

Tracey Turner is a former editor and author of many non-fiction books for children, including Hodder's Digusting Dictionary and titles for the Dead Famous series, and 101 Things You Need To Know. Tracey lives in Bath Richard Horne is a designer of record covers (Faith No More and Tom Jones), book jackets (Paul Morley, Sean French and the Harry Potter series) and websites (www.dancingeyes.net, www.ashwednesday.co.uk and www.oryxandcrake.co.uk), as well as a greetings card and magazine illustrator (the Guardian and Sugar magazine). A self-confessed chancer and left-hander, he lives in East London.

Review quote

'Top inventions detailed in this pocket-sized book. From fizzy drinks to fireworks, it's a cracker.' tBk magazine, Spring, 2011