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An Apple A Day

Old-Fashioned Proverbs and Why They Still Work

Extent: 192pages

Size: 198x129mm

Publication Date: 04/04/2013

Price: £6.99

ISBN: 9781782430094

Categories: Language

About the Book

Does absence really make the heart grow fonder? Can beggars be choosers? Is it always better late than never?
Proverbs are short, well-known, pithy sayings that offer advice or words of encouragement and are used in everyday English without much thought ever being given to their meanings, or indeed, usefulness. In An Apple A Day Caroline Taggart explores the truth behind our favourite proverbs, their history and whether they offer any genuine help to the recipient. Did you know that The Old Testament has an entire book devoted to proverbs? Or that 'a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush' is a proverb from falconry that dates back to the Middle Ages? Many proverbs are still in use today, including the very famous 'slow and steady wins the race', which derives from one of the many fables of Aesop. Lighthearted but authoritative, An Apple A Day proves that proverbs are as useful today as they ever were.

About the Author

Caroline Taggart worked in publishing as an editor of popular non-fiction for thirty years before being asked by Michael O'Mara Books to write I Used to Know That, which became a Sunday Times bestseller. Following that she was co-author of My Grammar and I (or should that be 'Me'?), and wrote a number of other books about words and English usage. She has appeared frequently on television and on national and regional radio, talking about language, grammar and whether or not Druids Cross should have an apostrophe.

Her website is carolinetaggart.co.uk and you can follow her on Twitter @citaggart.

Reviews

  • 'Exploring well-known proverbs, their origins, meanings and relevance to life today, this is a fun and fascinating book to dip into, written by an author with a neat sense of humour', Choice Magazine
  • 'Explores the origins of common proverbs and sayings, examining whether they really do hold true', Daily Mirror
  • 'Witty, wise and authoritative, An Apple A Day proves that proverbs are as useful today as they ever were', Lancashire Evening Post