Big Questions From Little People ... Answered By Some Very Big People

Big Questions From Little People ... Answered By Some Very Big People

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By (author) Gemma Elwin Harris, Afterword by Sir David Attenborough, Contributions by Bear Grylls, Contributions by Miranda Hart

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  • Publisher: FABER & FABER
  • Format: Hardback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 204mm x 29mm | 468g
  • Publication date: 4 October 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0571288510
  • ISBN 13: 9780571288519
  • Sales rank: 12,855

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Children have a knack of asking great, but challenging, questions: Why is the sea salty? How far away is space? Why can't I tickle myself? What makes me me? But how are we supposed to answer them? Imagine if we could turn to a leading expert and ask them to answer on our behalf. This book gathers over 100 real questions from children and puts them to some of our best-loved and most knowledgeable experts. Alain de Botton explores 'How are dreams made?', Kate Humble explains 'Why do lions roar?' and Heston Blumenthal answers 'Why do we cook food?' Their answers to the Big Questions - some complex, some searching, some surreal and some just plain cute - make this an essential handbook for anyone who wants to understand the complexities of life, the universe and why cakes taste so nice. It includes answers from Sir David Attenborough, Dame Kelly Holmes, Bear Grylls, Derren Brown, Noam Chomsky, Dr Richard Dawkins, Alain de Botton, Annabel Karmel, Jacqueline Wilson, Jarvis Cocker, Marcus du Sautoy, Jessica Ennis, Marcus Chown, Tracey Emin, Harry Hill, Dr Christian Jessen and many more.

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Gemma Elwin Harris is a freelance editor and features writer. She has one son and two very curious nieces, the inspiration for this book.

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A lovely thing by lovely people for a lovely charity. -- Miranda Hart Perfect for kids who ask 'Why?' -- Dan Snow The whole family will be hooked. Sunday Times Style magazine An invaluable spur to asking questions and thinking about answers. The Guardian Certain to give you pause about much of what you thought you knew, or at the very least rekindle that childlike curiosity about and awe at the basic fabric of the world we live in. -- Maria Popova Brainpickings.org After reading Big Questions... I was reminded of the limitless range of my own ignorance. The things most people don't know you could put in a book. And Faber have. Telegraph Harris has assembled a roster of experts - some celebrities, some not, all eminent in their fields - to provide succinct, accurate replies to the sort of head-scratchers that parents and teachers regularly find themselves presented with by children of primary school age and often struggle to answer. it works a treat. Financial Times An entertaining and enlightening read. The Lady