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  • Published: 2 November 2017
  • ISBN: 9781473553347
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 368

The Book of the Year


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A hilarious, trivia-filled survey of the past twelve months by the team behind the award-winning podcast, No Such Thing As A Fish

In a year when much of the news was believable but fake, comes a book packed with stories that are unbelievable but true.

The Book of the Year is a hilarious guide to 2017’s most extraordinary events, unearthed by the creators of the award-winning hit comedy podcast No Such Thing As A Fish. Each week, over a million people tune in to find out what bizarre and astonishing facts Dan, James, Anna and Andy have found out over the previous seven days. Now the gang have turned their attention to the news of the past twelve months.

You’ll discover the curious details behind the main headlines – how Donald Trump slept on the 66th floor of a 58-storey building, what effect Brexit had on Coco Pops, and why China’s president can’t stand Winnie the Pooh – as well as hundreds of stories you may have missed entirely, like the news that:

· Qatar built a refugee camp for camels.
· The world’s first avocado restaurant ran out of avocados on its first day.
· The victim of Britain’s first ever shark attack ended up with a cut thumb.

From strange inventions to baffling elections, via a surprising amount of sausage news, The Book of the Year is an eye-opening tour of the incredible year you didn’t know you’d lived through.

  • Pub date: 2 November 2017
  • ISBN: 9781473553347
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 368

Praise for The Book of the Year

“Jolly, packed with impressive and silly facts . . . hooray for No Such Thing As A Fish.”

Observer

“Knowledge-packed and riotously funny.”

The Times

“A factually relevant look at a baffling 12 months.”

Best Books for Christmas, iNews

“It’s fair to say the podcast has been “quite” successful. Its episodes have been listened to more than 100 million times, with 1.5 million new streams every month . . . The Book of the Year [is] a compendium of topical facts in 365 categories. It’s laced with their dry wit, and likely to end up in many a pub-quizzer’s Christmas stocking.”

Daily Telegraph

“[No Such Thing As A Fish] drop so many facts your head will spin!”

Guardian

“No Such Thing As A Fish is the hit podcast presented by the funny guys and girls at QI . . . The Book of the Year shares all of the lesser known facts from the year of 2017.”

Steve Wright, BBC Radio 2

“Brilliant and funny . . . educational as well as entertaining. A rare but valuable combination.”

Huffington Post

“Hugely enjoyable . . . this tome is just right: deadpan, sharp and disarmingly offbeat.”

Event

“If you love funny facts as much as we love funny facts then you should get your funny fact-loving faces in front of The Book of the Year.”

Comedy Central (via @ComedyCentralUK)

“QI is such an institution that even the programme’s researchers are taking over the world. Fully justified that is too, as anyone who’s heard their podcast, No Such Thing As A Fish, will confirm. It’s packed with killer facts – and so is this book.”

Daily Mail

“Absolutely ideal for the Christmas holidays.”

Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 6

“A bumper anthology of ridiculous but true facts from the anoraks (and QI researchers) behind hit podcast No Such Thing As A Fish.”

Metro

“Bitesize chunks of truth in a year of fake news. If you love fact-based trivia, you'll get a kick out of this.”

Funniest Books for Christmas, Irish Times

“Since 2003, the Elves have unearthed countless weird and wonderful truths and gems of general ignorance for QI, their 100-million-times-downloaded weekly podcast No Such Thing as A Fish, topical TV spin-off No Such Thing as the News and their many books, such as their newly released Book of the Year.”

Radio Times

“Expect to be amazed.”

Daily Telegraph

“Both fantastically absorbing and entertaining.”

The Bookseller

“The Book Of The Year will prove the perfect Christmas gift, the ideal conversation starter (and stopper), and the ultimate source of wisdom for all lovers of trivia.”

The British Comedy Guide