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Books by Caroline Taggart

  • All That Glisters

    Caroline Taggart

    Product Code: ATGQ
    Hardback
    Hand-picked favourites
    Packed with some of the pithiest, wisest and most fascinating quotations we should all know, this book details where they come from and why they may be useful for making a point or spicing up a conversation.

    Written by Caroline Taggart, the author of My Grammar and I, this book takes on the wit and wisdom of the last 2000 years by exploring a range of famous quotations from the past.

    In addition, Caroline explains how misquotes can provide an entertaining yet informed approach as to why things are the way they are in today's language.
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  • Bognor and Other Regises

    Caroline Taggart

    Product Code: BAOR
    Hardback
    Hand-picked favourites
    Caroline Taggart will take you on a guided tour of the weird and wonderful places that have been connected to royalty over the past 1,500 years including Bognor Regis and Tunbridge Wells.

    The monarchs have waged war against cousins, created their own religions and married - and divorced - for diplomatic reasons. They have also built stunning summer palaces and formidable fortresses all over Great Britain.

    The history of the royal family is told in Britain's landscapes and castles, churches, battlefields and stained-glass windows all have stories to tell. Bognor and Other Regises amusing and eye-opening book lifts the lid on them...
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  • My Grammar and I (or Should That be 'Me'?)

    Caroline Taggart

    Product Code: ACOMR
    Paperback
    A runaway hit and "Sunday Times" bestseller in 2008, "My Grammar and I" has continued to grow in popularity, becoming the go-to guide for grammar. Repackaged with a fresh jacket design, this much-loved gift title is now available in paperback, for new readers and fans of the series alike. "My Grammar and I" offers amusing examples of awful grammar, while steering you in the direction of grammatical greatness. Taking you on a tour of the English language through the minefield of rules and conditions that can catch you out, from dangling modifiers to split infinitives, it highlights the common pitfalls that every English language user faces on a day to day basis. Refreshing everything you should have learnt at school and more, "My Grammar and I" is informative yet entertaining - an ideal buy for any English language enthusiast.
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  • Improve Your Word Power

    Caroline Taggart

    Product Code: BYJCR
    Hardback
    Put your vocabulary skills to the test with this witty and engaging book. Improve Your Word Power is primarily a collection of multiple-choice challenges in which the reader is asked to decide which definition of a given word is correct. But it's actually so much more than that. Each topic is themed - from words borrowed from French to words connected with the weather; words coined by Mark Twain to words that sound alike - and the answers are wonderfully informative and accessible, each giving readers the chance to say `Gosh! I didn't know that!' even with quite familiar words. Interspersed throughout are boxes that feature odd definitions, confusable words and fun facts that make the language come to life. Written by Sunday Times bestselling author Caroline Taggart, this is a book that is aimed at readers who want to improve their vocabulary for the sheer enjoyment of it - and have fun doing so.
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  • Christmas at War

    Caroline Taggart

    Product Code: BSVTT
    Paperback
    No turkey. No fruit to make a decent pudding. No money for presents. Your children away from home to keep them safe from bombing; your husband, father and brothers off fighting goodness knows where. How in the world does one celebrate Christmas? That was the situation facing the people of Britain for six long years during the Second World War. For some of them, Christmas was an ordinary day: they couldn't afford merrymaking - and had little to be merry about. Others, particularly those with children, did what little they could. These first-hand reminiscences tell of making crackers with no crack in them and shouting 'Bang!' when they were pulled; of carol-singing in the blackout, torches carefully covered so that no passing bombers could see the light, and of the excitement of receiving a comic, a few nuts and an apple in your Christmas stocking. They recount the resourcefulness that went into makeshift dinners and hand-made presents, and the generosity of spirit that made having a happy Christmas possible in appalling conditions. From the family whose dog ate the entire Christmas roast, leaving them to enjoy 'Spam with all the trimmings', to the exhibition of hand-made toys for children in a Singapore prison camp, the stories are by turns tragic, poignant and funny. Between them, they paint an intriguing picture of a world that was in many ways kinder, less self-centred, more stoical than ours. Even if - or perhaps because - there was a war on.
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  • The Book of London Place Names

    Caroline Taggart

    Product Code: BQDFB
    Paperback
    Ever wondered if Cheapside really is cheap, what you do in Threadneedle Street, or who the knights of Knightsbridge were? Did you know that Piccadilly is actually an insult? And that Euston Road was built because there were too many cows on Oxford Street? Or that the River Fleet was covered over partly because of a drunken butcher? Take a trip down narrow lanes, through cobbled streets and crowded markets to discover the meanings behind the city's place names. Meet forgotten residents whose names survive in the places where they lived and uncover tales from London's murky past that have shaped the modern city. From famous landmarks to forgotten rivers, grand thoroughfares to lost palaces, and ancient villages swallowed up as the city grew, Caroline Taggart explains the hidden meanings behind familiar places. If you have ever wanted to learn more about the history of London and discover the people, events and stories that shaped our capital city, then come on a journey that will show you London in a new light...
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  • A-Z Great Modern Writers

    Caroline Taggart

    Product Code: AXGVR
    Hardback
    Artist and graphic designer Andy Tuohy turns his hand to the world of modern literature in this new instalment of the A-Z series. Rendered in his distinctive style, this new book features portraits of 52 key modern writers significant for their contribution to literature, with a whole host of names from across the world including Simone de Beauvoir, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Kazuo Ishiguro, Doris Lessing, Salman Rushdie and Vladimir Nabokov. Best-selling author Caroline Taggart provides a crib sheet of everything you need to know about each author: why they are important in the field of literature, a list of their must-read books, and a surprising fact or two about them. Alongside Andy's portraits, the book features additional imagery, including book covers and author photographs. A fun, easy guide to some of the best writers of modern times, this is a great gift for anyone who wants to broaden their literary horizons.
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  • Her Ladyship's Guide to the Queen's English

    Caroline Taggart

    Product Code: AUJYG
    Hardback
    Her Ladyship's guide to speaking and writing better English. Wherever you are, whatever the company, good English will always stand you in good stead. The world's most important language has a number of difficult areas and pitfalls, and almost all of us have some area to improve, whether it's how to spell 'millennium', how to pronounce 'schedule' the English way (as opposed to the American way), or find the correct word for the 'toilet' when talking to bishops and barons. Her Ladyship's Guide quickly takes you through the major problem areas. It covers: common mistakes in grammar (which will belie a lowly upbringing), common misspellings, commonly misused words, and the all-important choice of words and phrases to use in posh society with a pronunciation guide.
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  • Her Ladyship's Guide to the Art of Conversation

    Caroline Taggart

    Product Code: AUGDW
    Hardback
    The ability to engage and entertain your companions always stands you in good stead but many people feel nervous with strangers or fear that they lack the skills to put others at ease. Fortunately, Her Ladyship is on hand to help you become a conversationalist par excellence! Embracing all sorts of situations from formal parties and business receptions to chance encounters and dating, this charming guide covers common errors of conversational etiquette and offers countless suggestions on how to keep the banter flowing so you become the most valued of guests. Her Ladyship teaches you how to make yourself interesting, handle generational differences, deal with bores, and much more."
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  • 500 Words You Should Know

    Caroline Taggart

    Product Code: ALBTA
    Hardback
    Ever wanted to ameliorate your atavistic lexicon, engage in a little intellectual badinage or been discombobulated by tricky diction? 500 Words You Should Know has you covered. This book will inspire the reader to use uncommon words in their correct context, to utilize the English language to its full potential, and to test themselves on the words they think they already know. This is a book for the appreciator of correct usage, and contains words you thought you knew (decimate, caveat, nemesis), words you should know (euphemism, diatribe, tautology), and just a few that you might want to know (peripatetic, shibboleth, callipygian). Arranged thematically, each word is dissected, with a brief explanation of etymology, historical and modern usage, allowing you to fully understand and effectively employ the word in its proper context.For those interested in everything this eclectic language has to offer, who wish to celebrate its majesty and depth, this veracious cornucopia of knowledge will have you confabulating with the literary cognoscenti in no time.
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  • A Classical Education

    Caroline Taggart

    Product Code: AGJJB
    Paperback
    How many times have you wished that your history stretched all the way back to Greek and Roman myths and legends? Or that you'd been taught Latin at school? Or perhaps you wish you knew all about the great inventions and medical developments that have made our world what it is today? A "Classical Education" provides all of these classical facts that modern schooling leaves out and many more. Perfect for parents who wish to teach their children and for those who would like to learn or relearn the facts themselves, "A Classical Education" is informative and educational, but above all accessible. It includes: Latin and Greek; Logic and philosophy; Natural sciences; Art and architecture; Poetry and drama; History and Classical literature. Also including suggestions for further reading and entertaining tit-bits of information on the classics, "A Classical Education" is a must for anyone feeling let down by modern schooling.
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  • I Used to Know That

    Caroline Taggart

    Product Code: ACOMP
    Paperback
    A "Sunday Times" top-ten title in 2008 and a bestseller ever since, "I Used to Know That" has continued to delight readers with its pages of forgotten facts from our school days. Now available in paperback, this great gift book has been repackaged with a fresh jacket design for anyone new to the series, and old fans alike. Nostalgic, informative and entertaining, it is an ideal and accessible buy for adults wanting to brush up on their lost knowledge. If you've forgotten the capital city of Chile; the basics of osmosis; how to solve a quadratic equation; who wrote the famous poem about daffodils; and, the use of a conjunction or the number of continents in the world, "I Used to Know That" is guaranteed to provide all the answers.
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  • The Book of English Place Names

    Caroline Taggart

    Product Code: ABGUD
    Hardback
    Take a journey down winding lanes and Roman roads in this witty and informative guide to the meanings behind the names of England's towns and villages. From Celtic farmers to Norman conquerors, right up to the Industrial Revolution, deciphering our place names reveals how generations of our ancestors lived, worked, travelled and worshipped, and how their influence has shaped our landscape. From the most ancient sacred sites to towns that take their names from stories of giants and knights, learn how Roman garrisons became our great cities, and discover how a meeting of the roads could become a thriving market town. Region by region, Caroline Taggart uncovers hidden meanings to reveal a patchwork of tall tales and ancient legends that collectively tells the story of how we made England.
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