Listellany: A Miscellany of Very British Top Tens From Politics to Pop
Which are the books that people buy but never read?*
Discover the answers to this and other essential questions in Listellany.
This is NOT a fact-based compendium. It's purely opinion - the opinions of John Rentoul, his readers - and, yes, Twitter.
Eccentric and eclectic, this is a book for pub debaters, list boffins and language lovers up and down the land: come inside and join the debate.
Every week in the Independent on Sunday John Rentoul publishes a top ten based on suggestions from the great British public. Now collected together for the first time, and featuring previously unpublished lists, Listellany provides the answers to such quintessential arguments as: which are the top ten overrated 1960s bands; meaningless words found on modern menus; films panned as turkeys that are actually quite good; most beautiful British railway journeys; stupid car names; unsung villains; political heckles; words that ought to be used more often; British place names; great bands with terrible names; best prime ministers we never had; visual clichés; political myths; anagrams; misquotations; worst Beatles songs; most interesting politicians.
But who knows best? You, John, or Twitter? Pick up this book and decide.
*The list includes books by both Bill and Hillary Clinton.
'One of the most peculiar books of all time... a good Christmas present for someone that you love' -- Vanessa Feltz, BBC Radio London
'Brilliant and really funny' -- Matt Forde
'This book could provoke as many arguments as Monopoly or Scrabble ... I found it very entertaining and recommend it as a bit of fun for someone's Christmas stocking. -- callmemadam blog, callmemadam.livejournal.com
'A good stocking filler for the upcoming 'C' season and something to dip into rather than the cracker jokes' -- --Army Rumour Service
Listellany has been highligted as stocking filler pick by https://www.politicos.co.uk
This book has been recommended by Anabel's House of Books https://gaskella.wordpress.com/2014/11/24/catching-up-plus-more-stocking-fillers/ as a stocking filler (published on 24th November 2014)
Shortlisted for Political Humour and Satire Book of the Year at The Paddy Power Political Book Awards 2015
For a taster of Listellany, you can peruse the extracts featured in The Daily Express http://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/books/543570/John-Rentoul-Miscellany-British-Top-Tens (published on the 4th of December 2014)
If you are keen to find out more, read John Rentoul's article on his lists in The Independent on Sunday http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/listellany-a-miscellany-of-very-british-top-10s-9774701.html (published on the 5th of October 2014)
You can also delve into Rod McPhee's review in The Mirror if your curiosity is getting the better of you: "Terrible British lists: Quirky top 10s which sum up why we are so special" http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/terribly-british-lists-quirky-top-4398568 (published on the 7th of October 2014)