Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations

G Brandreth (ed), Oxford University Press, 2013, 5th edn, £20.00 (hbk), ISBN 978 0 19968 136 5

Reviewed by Michèle Clarke

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The previous edition of this book was reviewed in CopyRight Sep/Oct 2003, and was edited by Ned Sherrin. This new edition also has a new editor, the well-known Giles Brandreth, giving this book a new flavour. He has added over 1200 new quotations, comprising over a quarter of the whole book, and 50 new themes – this is an aspect of the book that is interesting, 'indexing' the quotations into subjects such as 'divorce' ('It was partially my fault that we got a divorce … I tended to put my wife under a pedestal.' Woody Allen). Apparently also, hundreds of the new ones are by women!

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