Catalogue Number: S9M-H7A9
- Author: Chris Cook
- Format: Hardback
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Published: 02 August 2012
- ISBN: 9781846143762
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Pears' Cyclopaedia is a unique British miscellany that's a favourite worldwide, now in a special edition to celebrate the Queen's 2012 Diamond Jubilee. First published as the Pears Shilling Cyclopaedia in 1897 by Queen Victoria's famous soap-makers on her diamond jubilee, this treasured reference compendium condenses a world of information into one concise volume and is still going strong. Pears is still the only book of its kind to be fully revised and updated annually by dedicated experts, making it the favourite encyclopaedia, crossword lifesaver and quizzing Bible for thousands, year after year. This 2012-13 edition offers a world of knowledge in one must-have volume - the Swiss Army knife of reference books.
Dr Chris Cook has been editing Pears' Cyclopaedia since 1977: the year of the Queen's silver jubilee, James Callaghan and The Clash. The world has changed since then, but Pears remains the only book of its kind to be updated and revised annually. Dr Cook is helped in his yearly task of overseeing a varied team of expert contributors by his love of reference books, the compulsive reading of every kind of newspaper and his formidable academic record in creating historical works that have been translated into a dozen languages.