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John Mitchinson, John Lloyd - Author

About the Author

John Lloyd is a broadcaster. He devised The News Quiz and To the Manor Born for radio and Not the Nine O'Clock News, Spitting Image and Blackadder for television.

 

John Mitchinson is from the world of books and has published The Beatles, Michael Palin and Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. The smash-hit BBC 1 panel game QI first aired on the BBC in September 2003 with John Lloyd producing and John Mitchinson in charge of the research. There are now more than 100 editions of the programme.

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QI: The Book of the Dead

QI: The Book of the Dead

Author: John Mitchinson, John Lloyd Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2015

Welcome to QI: The Book of the Dead, a biographical dictionary with a twist - one where only the most interesting people made it in!QI have got together six dozen of the happiest, saddest, maddest and most successful men and women from history. Celebrate their wisdom, learn from their mistakes and marvel at their bad taste in clothes. Hans Christian Anderson was terrified of naked women, Florence Nightingale spent her last fifty years in bed, Sigmund Freud smoked twenty cigars a day, Catherine de Medici applied a daily face mask made of pigeon dung, Rembrandt van Rijn died penniless and Madame Mao banned cicadas, rustling noises and pianos. Carefully collected and ordered by the QI team into themed chapters with thought-provoking titles such as 'There's Nothing Like a Bad Start in Life', 'Man Cannot Live by Bread Alone'. Each chapter reveals hilarious insights into the true nature of the most interesting people who ever lived, including Isaac Newton, Genghis Khan, Sigmund Freud, Florence Nightingale and Karl Marx. From the bestselling authors of The Book of General Ignorance and 1,277 Facts to Knock Your Socks Off, comes a fun and inspirational biographical dictionary, with motivational stories about the famous and the obscure.

Qi: the Book of General Ignorance - the Noticeably Stouter Edition

Qi: the Book of General Ignorance - the Noticeably Stouter Edition

Author: John Mitchinson, John Lloyd Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/10/2010

This indispensable compendium of popular misconceptions, misunderstandings and common mistakes culled from the hit BBC show, QI'. The noticeably stouter QI Book of General Ignorance sets out to show you that a lot of what you think you know is wrong. If, like Alan Davies, you still think the Henry VIII had six wives, the earth has only one moon, that George Washington was the first president of the USA, that Bangkok is the capital of Thailand, that the largest living thing is a blue whale, that Alexander Graeme Bell invented the telephone, that whisky and bagpipes come from Scotland or that Mount Everest is the world's tallest mountain, then there are at least 200 reasons why this is the book for you.

QI: The Second Book of General Ignorance

QI: The Second Book of General Ignorance

Author: John Mitchinson, John Lloyd Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/10/2010

Just when you thought it was safe to start showing off again, the bestselling authors of The Book of General Ignorance and 1,277 QI Facts To Blow Your Socks Off are back. With a foreword by Stephen Fry, this parcel of unimaginable information is here to solve a few common misconceptions, mistakes and misunderstandings. Octopuses have six legs, oranges aren't orange, bats aren't blind, napoleon wasn't short, vikings didn't wear horned helmets, there is no such thing as a fish. QI: The Second Book of General Ignorance is the essential set text for everyone who's proud to admit that they don't know everything, and an ideal stick with which to beat people who think they do. John Lloyd and John Mitchinson are the bestselling authors of QI: The Book of General Ignorance and 1,277 QI Facts To Blow Your Socks Off. Here they present a wonderful collection of astonishingly interesting facts, perfect for pub quiz lovers, trivia buffs and general knowledge experts alike.

QI The Pocket Book of Animals

QI The Pocket Book of Animals

Author: John Mitchinson, John Lloyd Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/05/2009

QI The Pocket Book of Animals is John Lloyd and John Mitchinson's funny, eccentric and confounding handbook filled with interesting animal facts and figures. Join the QI team for an off-road safari into the wildlife, past one hundred of the most unusual members of the animal kingdom, armed with illuminating illustrations and diagrams by award-winning artist Ted Dewan. Amongst the weird, wonderful and really quite interesting animal facts, meet albatrosses that fly non-stop for ten years, leeches with 34 brains, koalas that don't drink, geese that mourn their dead and lobsters that live for a century. marvel at elephants that walk on tiptoe, pigs that shine in the dark, and woodpeckers that have ears on the end of their tongues. Collected by the writers of the hit BBC show, QI, and authors of the international bestsellers The Book of General Ignorance and 1,227 QI Facts To Blow Your Socks Off, QI The Pocket Book of Animals is an animal encyclopedia that even David Attenborough would learn something from. And remember - everything you think you know is wrong.

Qi: Sound of General Ignorance 3xcd

Qi: Sound of General Ignorance 3xcd

Author: John Mitchinson, John Lloyd Format: CD-ROM Release Date: 01/11/2008

Allow yourself to wallow in the misconceptions, mistakes and misunderstandings in 'common knowledge'. Your new-found wisdom will help you to impress your friends, frustrate your enemies and win every argument. Henry VIII had six wives. Wrong! Everest is the highest mountain in the world. Wrong! Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. Wrong! Everything you think you know is wrong. This title includes 4CDs/Running time approx. 4 hours/Non-fiction/Scripted and read by the authors.

Qi Advanced Banter The Qi Book of Quotations

Qi Advanced Banter The Qi Book of Quotations

Author: John Mitchinson, John Lloyd Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/10/2008

Have you ever wondered why most books of quotations are stuffed full of rather pedestrian quotes by people you've never heard of? It's a shame because a really good quotation book, one which gathered the truest and funniest insights of the best minds, and organised them into 250 subjects, from ambition to worry, (or from artichokes to woodpeckers), a book which offered you a useful take on almost every situation life throws at you (from the death of your child's hamster to the unified theory of everything), a sourcebook of wise one-loners, of knock-out jokes, of drole asides and heartfelt statements of truth and beauty, a practical handbook of interestingness , well, that would be worth having. And, guess what? Those thoughtful gentlemen at QI have come up with one. Five years of learning how to avoid the dull stuff have left the QI team in a uniquely good position to deliver this elusive holy grail: the big, useful, funny and really very good book of quotations.