Brilliant new book Word Drops out now!

Posted on 20 Apr 2015 - 17:09

Last week saw the publication of the fantastic Word Drops by Paul Anthony Jones and it’s already attracting widespread praise. Buzzfeed has featured a great selection of 46 Delightful And Surprising Word Origins, and the book also been trending at no. 2 on The Independent’s list this week:  15 Words You Probably Didn't Know Were Insults.

We’ve seen a huge amount of support online, including some fantastic reviews:

'the most absorbing and fascinating dip-in tome you will find all year'! -- blogger MadamJ-Mo

'It's hard to imagine anyone not being charmed by this' -- blogger Stan Carey

Jonathon Green, lexicographer & author of Green’s Dictionary of Slang, says: 'Very jolly and all fascinating stuff. I'm sure it will solve a lot of people's Christmas present problems. Or it certainly should do.'

And on Twitter:

Ian McMillan @ImcMillan: Enjoying this fascinating new book Word Drops by Paul Anthony Jones; joy for the language-addicted!

Stig Abell @StigAbell (managing editor at The Sun): I got sent this book by @HaggardHawks; it is brilliant for anyone interested in the effervescent oddness of English.

Keep an eye out for Word Drops in the coming weeks, and check out Paul’s Twitter feed, @HaggardHawks, for further news!

Two outstanding new business books from E&T

Posted on 25 Mar 2015 - 15:04

This week sees the publication of two exciting new titles: Debtonator by Andrew McNally and 2020 Vision by Tim Burt.

Debtonator is Andrew McNally’s powerful analysis of debt in our culture. Not only households but also corporations and even the government are taking on increasing debt, and this causes instability and ever more inequality. McNally argues that equity is the way to disarm the debt, and restore balance in our economic and political democracy. Providing us with a unique insider’s perspective into the current state of the economy, this is a powerful argument for our changing times.

With extracts running in The Times this week, Tim Burt's 2020 Vision delves deep into the thoughts and projections of some of the world’s most influential business leaders. In this important book, twenty of the world’s leading chairmen and senior executives share their perspective on the business world of tomorrow, as well as their strategies for managing the challenges ahead. This is essential reading for all business leaders.

Look out for Tim and Andrew commenting in the national media over the coming weeks.

Classic FM's collectable series of Handy Guides out now

Posted on 9 Jan 2015 - 12:55

Yesterday saw the publication of Classic FM's collectable new series of guides to various aspects of classical music. Called the Handy Guides, the first six are out now and there's something for everyone. The Handy Guide to Opera has everything from the best operas and composers of operas to the best place to see them live and the best arias to listen to. Similarly, the Handy Guide to Ballet looks at the history of ballet and the greatest ballets to go and see.

Bringing classical music right into the 21st century, the Handy Guide to Video Game Music examines the history of music in gaming, the top composers in the industry, many of whom have made the transition to film composing or general classical composing, and the best examples of computer game scores - including the ones that have made it into the Classic FM Hall of Fame. The Handy Guide to Film Music does for film what its companion does for gaming, looking at the most influential film composers and the top themes from throughout the decades.

The Handy Guide to the Orchestra is your go-to guide to both the development and make up of the orchestra in general, and the top orchestras in Britain and worldwide, as well as why orchestras play the sort of music they do. Finally the Handy Guide to Classical Recordings is Classic FM Managing Editor Sam Jackson's definitive list of the top 100 recordings of some of the world's favourite music. Whether you're starting to build a collection of the greatest classical music or looking for a gem you might have missed, this is the book to turn to.

With such a diverse range of titles in the series, there really is something for everyone, and by collecting the series, you can build up a comprehensive knowledge of every aspect to classical music. Start your collection today!

Two E&T titles up for Political Book Awards

Posted on 6 Jan 2015 - 11:17

John Rentoul and Robert Hutton are both shortlisted for Political Humour and Satire Book of the Year in this year's Political Book Awards, the shortlists for which have just been announced. This marks the second year in a row that Robert Hutton has been nominated in this category, following his 2014 shortlisting for Romps, Tots and Boffins. This year it was his guide to spinning and avoiding outright lies in his Would They Lie To You that has seen him shortlisted. A tongue-in-cheek collection of phrases and words to use or to look out for in political speeches, Would They Lie To You is the perfect tool for decoding what politicians are saying in the election campaign. John Rentoul's compilation of top ten lists, Listellany, features lists on everything from pop music to politics, and the political lists range from the 'top ten unisex political names' to the 'top ten party conference speeches'.

Whilst John and Robert can't both win, we'll be rooting for them both equally on the 28th of January, when the awards ceremony will be held at the BFI IMAX.

Competition: Win copies of great E&T stocking fillers

Posted on 8 Dec 2014 - 16:52

Christmas LogoWe've got copies of some of Elliott and Thompson's best titles available to win in our special 'stocking filler' competition. There's something for everyone - if quirky humour is your thing, we've got John Rentoul's Listellany, a collection of eclectic top tens from 'Great Bands With Terrible Names' to 'Most English Remarks of All Time'. To whet your appetite, you can find a sample of the lists at

Golf fans should jump at the chance to get Oliver Horovitz's An American Caddie in St Andrews. A witty account of Ollie's training to become a caddie on the most prestigious course in the 'Home of Golf', no golfer should be without a copy this Christmas.

For classical music aficionados, there's the Classic FM Quiz Book by Darren Henley and Tim Lihoreau. With questions ranging from 'what did Tchaikovsky study at university' to whose last words was simply "MOZART!", this book will test even the most knowledgeable music maestros.

For those with a penchant for scientific trivia, David Bradley's Deceived Wisdom offers some terrific dismantlings of 'oft-cited truths' and 'received wisdom'. Looking at everything from whether drinking tea can cool you down to why your mobile phone won't give you cancer, Deceived Wisdom is chock full of these falsehoods which Bradley expertly debunks in a clear and witty style.

Finally, Robert Hutton's Would They Lie To You is the essential guide to 'uncommunication', those vital life skills that involve navigating that grey area between the truth and an outright lie. Boris Johnson called it 'the irresistible vade mecum of every prangmeister and cock-up artist.'

For your chance to win one of these gems, email your name, address and email address to info at eandtbooks dot com (subject: Stocking%20Fillers) with the subject line 'Stocking Fillers'. Five lucky winners will be chosen at random on the 19th of December and their chosen book will be posted in time for Christmas. Have a look at these and other perfect Christmas ideas on the E&T books page.