CLICHES: A DICTIONARY OF RECEIVED IDEAS - NOW IN PAPERBACK!
A collection of bromides, clichés, sayings, nonsense, myths, urban legends and all those factoids that we love to believe in.
Here's a review from Richard P. Bridge: This book is more than the usual list of cliches, which tend to explain the origin and use of a cliche: it gets to the heart of the silly things that we all tend to think from time to time and it helps prevent misleading thoughts and writing.
CLARE, GRAN AND THE SEVEN-LAYER PIE
An illustrated children's book (5-8). It’s the mid-60s and Clare is staying with her Gran, whose cooking is… interesting. She insists on putting in her cakes, bread and jam for the WI baking contest at the local fete. The two of them have a great day watching the Highland dancing and getting their fortunes told. Who will win Best Gateau?
The rest are mini e-books, available from Amazon:
HOW TO TALK POSH
How do the upper classes really speak? Do they still say "How spiffing, old boy?" Here's your guide to the vocabulary of the best British sets.
Here's a review from Amazon: I chose this book out of curiosity. I found its comedic value more interesting than its value as a serious handbook on how to talk posh.
MOVIE AND TV CLICHES
Situations, plots, dialogue and characters you hoped you'd never see again. Take it with you when you investigate the old dark house. You’re sure to find someone sitting in an armchair who says “Looking for something?”
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO...?
A nostalgic gallop down memory lane, rounding up those fads, fashions and phenomena that have faded from our lives. From acrilan to zircons, plus some long-gone silly ideas and exploded sacred cows.
JOBS YOU NEVER KNEW EXISTED
Thinking of a change of career? Why not retrain as an alligator wrangler or wedding choreographer? Lots of ideas here (not all of them legal, decent, honest or truthful).
Here's a review: I've had some odd jobs in my time... but I've barely scratched the surface of alternative employment, judging by the contents of Ms Fisher's book! Worth 77p of your hard-earned any time. (Mike Savage)