Book Review: 2,024 Facts to Stop You in Your Tracks, by John Lloyd, James Harkin & Anne Miller

A bumper final edition of the most surprising, amazing, and hilarious facts on the planet from the clever-clogs at QI.

This seventh book of trivia brings the total to 10,000 facts shared - and that's a fact!

From the British comedy quiz show, QI, comes the seventh and, supposedly, last collection of indispensable trivia to wow your friends and win at quiz nights. The creators of the BBC television show had a seven-year plan to share 10,000 facts – a plan that now comes to an end with this bumper edition.

This series of books has been a glorious fount of useless but interesting information that combines comical truths with barely-believable details. An accompanying website lets the reader look up the references for each fact listed.

Once the introduction and instructions are out of the way, the thick tome comprises more than 500 pages of facts and facts alone, right through to the comprehensive index. There’s no discussion or images – just bite-sized facts, four per page until the end.

Although there are also no headings, some facts are grouped together, such as dog trivia on page 293 and facts about NASA from page 108. And while you may not care that Aristotle had a lisp (page 64), you may one day get a quiz night question about Thing T. Thing – the full name of Thing from TV’s The Addams Family (page 472).

Like the other books in this series, 2,024 Facts to Stop You in Your Tracks, is designed to open up at random pages rather than be read from cover to cover. There are hours of entertainment to had, with the book being an ideal companion for anyone preparing questions for a game, quiz night or homemade bonbon.

Reviewed by Rod Lewis
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Distributed by: Allen & Unwin
Released: November 2018
RRP: $24.99 hardcover

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