What is "Pears"? First published in 1897, "Pears Shilling Cyclopaedia" contained topics ranging from questions of etiquette to 'curious and useful information everyone ought to know in commerce, history, science, religion and literature'. Now 111 years later, "Pears" is still informing, intriguing and surprising new generations of readers with its mixture of up-to-the-minute facts and figures and little-known curiosities and it is the only book of its kind to be annually updated by over 30 experts. From Bow Bells to Byzantine art, from Komodo dragons to kamikaze pilots, from literary pseudonyms to a chronicle of global history, "Pears" condenses a world of information into one concise volume. It is the Swiss army knife of reference books, one that should be found on every family bookshelf.
About the Author
Dr Chris Cook has been editing the Pears Cyclopedia since 1977: the year of the Queen's silver jubilee, punk and polyester. Dr Cook is helped in his daunting yearly task of overseeing a team of thirty expert contributors - and condensing their wisdom into one volume - by his love of real ale, steam railways, the compulsive reading of every kind of newspaper and his formidable academic record in creating reference books that have been translated into a dozen languages (including Korean).
Who in their right mind would buy this book when you have Wikipedia online?
Having said this though, I still find myself referring to this book from time to time. Hey, just flipping through the pages I cannot help but learn something new everytime!
This book is so full of useful info that essentially makes it a must have for students and professionals. It also covers quite a lot of ground, which effectively guarantees you will find something you donít know before