• Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase & Fable

    ‘A lot of my knowledge came from parents who talked to me, a set of children’s encyclopedias, Brooke Bond tea cards – and a second-hand copy of Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase & Fable, still within arm’s reach of my writing chair and flanked by its many successors.’ – Terry Pratchett
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  • Brewer’s Dictionary of London Phrase & Fable

    ‘If you wish to have a just notion of the magnitude of this city, you must not be satisfied with seeing its great streets and squares, but must survey the innumerable little lanes and courts. It is not in the showy evolutions of buildings, but in the multiplicity of human habitations which are crowded together, that the wonderful immensity of London consists.’ – Samuel Johnson, 1763
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