Dictionary of the Unexplained

Dictionary of the Unexplained

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By (author) Chambers, General editor Una McGovern

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  • Publisher: CHAMBERS
  • Format: Hardback | 864 pages
  • Dimensions: 194mm x 252mm x 46mm | 1,842g
  • Publication date: 19 December 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0550102159
  • ISBN 13: 9780550102157
  • Illustrations note: fully illustrated
  • Sales rank: 733,391

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Chambers Dictionary of the Unexplained is a fascinating and illuminating book, and an essential reference for anyone with a serious interest in unexplained phenomena. Written in consultation with leading figures in the relevant areas of study, it contains carefully researched, in-depth and balanced entries on topics ranging from alien abductions to the zodiac.

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Chambers is one of the world's most respected dictionary publishers, appealing particularly to word lovers and those who revel in all the quirks of the English language. Its extensive list of innovative language and reference titles includes the renowned Brewer's list of endlessly browsable dictionaries of phrase and fable, and covers English-language dictionaries and thesauruses for every level of user from school to crossword fan, from English learner to student of slang. Meticulously researched and expertly written, the highly acclaimed Chambers range has been at the forefront of presenting knowledge and learning in an engaging and accessible way since it was first established in the 19th century.

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a brilliant compendium of bizarre occurrences -- Richard Morrison, The Times 20080402 sceptical, witty, intelligent and ravenous for mystery -- Gary Dexter, The Daily Telegraph 20071129 It is a catalogue of the inexplicable, an A-Z of mystery... It is a pleasure to immerse oneself in a book which, on almost every page, throws up something of peculiar interest. -- Jon Barnes, Times Literary Supplement 20080321 The compilers of the dictionary have adopted a gentle, judicious, sometimes jaunty tone... The entries... represent the full range of positions from the hostile sceptic to the credulous believer. They have tried to operate without bias, avoid empty speculation and run to earth misconceptions, and they have cross-referenced liberally and cleverly. -- Hilary Mantel, London Review of Books 20080124 an ideal gift for anyone interested in crop circles, Scientology or even the Black Dog of Bungay. -- Mark Sanderson, The Daily Telegraph 20071004 A great one-stop shop for Forteans... [the editors] should be congratulated for attempting to create a one-volume reference work that casts its net across such vast, stormy seas of the improbable and imponderable and spreads out the variegated catch in an ordered manner. The 1,250 entries ... are admirably balanced and succinct. -- David Sutton, Fortean Times 20071018 Absolutely everyone who has an interest in the paranormal should have a copy of this fascinating and enlightening book on their bookshelf! -- Jacky Newcomb 20070829 packed with fab facts about all things odd and scary -- The Daily Star 20071030 It is a chunky volume and a well made book, a thing of beauty in its own right, with easy on the eye text and plenty of illustrations... it is ideal as a gateway book, that invaluable first port of call for any investigation of the paranormal, supernatural and related matters. There's also, as with many reference books, a sense of the serendipitous about it, a combination of the very things you expect to find and some that maybe you don't, the volume casting a wider net than the scope of your enquiry may have allowed and delivering up intriguing if unexpected pieces of information, as for instance in the entries for 'H.P. Lovecraft' and 'The Necronomicon'. -- Black Static #4 20080409