Schott's Almanac 2008

Schott's Almanac 2008

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By (author) Ben Schott

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  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Format: Hardback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 232mm x 40mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0747584699
  • ISBN 13: 9780747584698
  • Edition: Revised
  • Edition statement: Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: ill
  • Sales rank: 384,960

Product description

Schott's Almanac redefines the traditional almanac to present a record of the year just past and a guide to the year come. It is designed to be a practical and entertaining annual volume that tells the real stories of the year, from the announcement of Gordon Brown as Britain's new prime minister to Hurricane Dean's devastation of Jamaica, and from the release of the Iranian hostages to the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Section headings are: Chronicle; World; Society & Health; Sci, Tech, Net; Celebrity & Media; Music & Cinema; Books & Arts; Travel & Leisure; Money; Parlimanent & Politics; The Establishment; Sport; Ephemerides. In an age when information is plentiful but selection is rare, Schott's Almanac offers both the essential facts and the lucid analysis, combining the authority and accuracy of the Economist with the wit and vitality of Have I Got News for You.

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Author information

Ben Schott was born in North London in 1974. He was educated at University College School. Hampstead, and Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, where he read Social and Political Sciences, graduating with a double First in 1996. He has worked with the Independent, The Times, the Sunday Times, Reader's Digest and Sunday Business, amongst many others and has photographed celebrities from Hugh Grant and Tony Blair, to Gordon Brown and Enoch Powell. Now a full-time writer, he has had columns with a number of publications including Conde Nast Traveller and the Daily Telegraph, and is now a regular contributor to the New York Times and The Times of London. He is well-known as the author of three highly original and entertaining Miscellanies. He lives in London, and divides his time between Highgate and the British Library.

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'A social barometer of genuine historical value' Sunday Times 'A record of historic reference, chronicling the past year's important events... punctuated with unpredictably diverting statistics' Guardian 'Schott hits the spot' Evening Standard 'The ultimate book of lists, brilliantly, if eccentrically, presented and edited. Never has trivia been more entertaining' Daily Mirror