I Used to Know That: Stuff You Forgot from School

I Used to Know That: Stuff You Forgot from School

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By (author) Caroline Taggart

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  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 202mm x 24mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 19 June 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1843173093
  • ISBN 13: 9781843173090
  • Sales rank: 8,489

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If you've forgotten the capital city of Chile; the basics of osmosis; how to solve a quadratic equation; the names of the Bennet sisters in "Pride and Prejudice"; who wrote the famous poem about daffodils; the use of a conjunction or the number of continents in the world, "I Used to Know That" will provide all the answers. A light-hearted and informative reminder of all the things that we learnt in school but have since become relegated to the backs of our minds, "I Used to Know That" features hundreds of important snippets of wisdom, facts, theories, equations, phrases, rules and sayings.It is a practical guide to turn to when an answer is eluding you, when helping a child with homework or preparing them for the new school year, or maybe just to brush up on trivia for the pub quiz. "I Used to Know That" covers English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History, Geography and General Studies, so never again will you find yourself stumped!

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Caroline Taggart has worked in publishing for nearly 30 years, the last 18 of them as a freelance editor of non-fiction. She has edited innumerable natural history titles, notably Jonathan Scott's Big Cat Diary books and the tie-in to the BBC series Walking with Dinosaurs, as well as books on gardening, cookery, health, witchcraft, pop music, the Blitz, the D-Day landings, the House of Commons and the English language. She has also written a handbook for mature students and an encyclopaedia of dogs. The first book Caroline wrote was I Used To Know That, a Sunday Times bestseller published in 2008. This was followed by My Grammar and I (also a Sunday Times bestseller), Answers to Rhetorical Questions, A Classical Education, An Apple A Day and Pushing the Envelope. Her books have appeared in the Sunday Times, Daily Express, Daily Telegraph, the Times, the Sun and many other publications, and her frequent television and radio appearances include BBC1 Breakfast, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 5 Live.

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A droll personal audit of how much - or how little - of school learning lingers on into later life... it is not only fun to dip into, it is a mine of useful information... It's all there, easily found, clearly laid out The Oldie Amusing but useful... I am not the only one planning to keep it on my desk to avoid any intellectually embarrassing moments The Scotsman This is a fascinating book... it will no doubt be a great source of entertainment around many a dinner table She A fun and witty collection of snippets of information we 'used to know' from school Essentials This is an absorbing volume of familiar facts and figures you may well have forgotten... If the answers are just out of reach, but you know them really, this is the book for you Sainsbury's Magazine It is a fascinating read and you might even learn a few things you missed out on first time around Townswoman Magazine It covers everything we should remember from school but don't The Western Mail Could help you connect with your childhood, boost your brainpower and remind your kids just how clever you are Irish News [an] entertaining rag-bag of a book, a sort of cocktail of half-remembered things from your schooldays Birmingham Evening Mail

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[an] entertaining rag-bag of a book, a sort of cocktail of half-remembered things from your schooldays