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    Description'"The QI Book of the Dead" is a book about life. What an awful thing life is. It's like soup with lots of hairs floating on the surface. You have to eat it nevertheless' - Gustave Flaubert. Around 90 billion people have existed since the human race began. From this huge number, the bestselling QI team selected 600 of the finest examples of our species and researched them in depth, distilling this immense banquet of life into an exquisite tasting menu of six-dozen crisp, racy mini-biographies, where the internationally and immortally famous rub shoulders with the undeservedly and (until now) permanently obscure. The object is to learn something about what it means to be alive and how we can make the most of the time we have. "The QI Book of the Dead" compares and contrasts the different ways individual human beings cope (or fail to cope) with the curves that the uncaring universe throws at us. Collected into themed chapters with thought-provoking titles such as 'There's Nothing Like a Bad Start in Life', 'Man Cannot Live by Bread Alone' and 'Is That All There Is?' here is a chance to share the secrets of the Dead, to celebrate their wisdom, to learn from their mistakes, and to marvel at their bad taste in clothes. The man who is not dead still has a chance. Lebanese Proverb - We don't rule out the alternative possibility of a compassionate God whose motives are beyond our ken.


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    Title
    QI: The Book of the Dead
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John Lloyd, By (author) John Mitchinson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 448
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 365 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780571244911
    ISBN 10: 0571244912
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21800
    BIC E4L: HOB
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T13.3
    BIC subject category V2: WDKX
    DC22: 920.02
    BISAC V2.8: BIO012000
    Thema V1.0: WDKX
    Publisher
    FABER & FABER
    Imprint name
    FABER & FABER
    Publication date
    30 September 2010
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    John Lloyd has a broadcasting background. As a radio producer he devised The News Quiz and To the Manor Born before moving to television to start Not the Nine O'Clock News, Spitting Image, and Blackadder. If pressed, he'd concur with Heraclitus: 'abundance of knowledge does not teach men to be wise.' John Mitchinson is from the world of books. The original Marketing Director of Waterstone's, he became Managing Director of Cassell, where he published The Beatles, Michael Palin and Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. He's with Einstein: 'There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.'