W&N Travel / Humour HB October £12.99 288pp 978 1 474 60459 8 eBook: £14.99 / 978 1 474 60461 1
MARK MASON Question Time A Quizzical Journey Round Britain
Mark Mason competes in ten quizzes around britain, combining trivia and travel in a search for the perfect question.
From a pub quiz in Devon to a recording of Mastermind in Manchester, from a corporate quiz in the City of London to a working men’s club quiz in Dundee, Mark Mason tours the country discovering what makes the perfect question. The journey allows Mason to report on the history and trivia of the places he goes to and through, as well as the facts he unearths in the quizzes themselves.
‘awesome – full of amazing facts’ The Qi Elves on Mail Obsession
Mark Mason is a lover of trivia, the ‘little facts that slip down the back of life’s sofa’. His other books include The Importance of Being Trivial, Walk the Lines, Move Along, Please and Mail Obsession.
Location: Boxford, Suffolk www.theimportanceofbeingtrivial.com T: @WalkThelineslDN
W&N History HB / TPB October £25.00 / £14.99 400pp 978 0 297 60903 2 / 978 1 474 60631 8 eBook: £25.00 / 978 0 297 60904 9 Audio: £19.99 / 978 1 409 1 7087 7 / 10 hrs
LIZA PICARD Chaucer’s People a fascinating exploration of the Middle ages through the lives of Geoffrey Chaucer’s pilgrims in The Canterbury Tales.
In Chaucer’s People, Liza Picard guides us through the tumultuous world of the late fourteenth century in an ingenious, informative and entertaining way. Through the assorted cast of pilgrims Chaucer selected for The Canterbury Tales, Picard brings medieval social history to life and uncovers the detail behind Chaucer’s poetic portraits. These are the lives lived beyond the court circles frequented by most of his well-heeled audience. Drawing on contemporary experiences of a vast range of subjects including war, trade, religion, plague and banking, Liza Picard recreates the medieval world in all its glorious detail.
‘Reading this is like taking a ride on a marvellously exhilarating time-machine, alive with colour, surprise and sheer merriment’ Jan Morris on Elizabeth’s London liza Picard is the author of many acclaimed works of social history, including Elizabeth’s London, Restoration London, Dr Johnson’s London and Victorian London.
Location: Ealing, London
W&N Non-fiction • October 2017