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One for Sorrow

Extent: 192 pages

Size: 198x129mm

Publication Date:

Price: £9.99

ISBN: 9781843177005

Categories: Nostalgia

About the Book

Many of the popular, often prophetic, phrases that we use on a day-to-day basis have their roots in traditional folklore. For example: 'One swallow doesn't make a summer'; 'March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb'; 'One for sorrow, two for joy'. Such common idioms are familiar to most people, but their history and origins are far from well known. However, in One for Sorrow readers will discover that there is a wealth of fascinating stories and history behind them. This charming book is filled with sayings, legends and proverbs derived from the oral history of the countryside and unveils how they came about, what they mean, and how they came to be such a big part of the language we use today. Written with a light touch and expert knowledge, it will entertain and inform in equal measure – the perfect gift for anyone with an interest in the rich and varied heritage of the English language.

Extent: 192pages

Size: 198x129mm

Publication Date: 05/05/2016

Price: £7.99

ISBN: 9781782435181

Categories: Nostalgia

About the Book

Publication Date: 30/09/2011

Price: £5.99

ISBN: 9781843177807

Categories: Nostalgia

About the Book

About the Author

Chloe Rhodes is a freelance writer and journalist whose work has appeared in The Daily Telegraph, The Times and The Independent on Sunday, as well as in several other national publications. Her previous books include A Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi: Words We Pinched From Other Languages and One For Sorrow: A Book of Old-Fashioned Lore, both published by Michael O'Mara Books.


  • 'fascinating', Woman's Weekly
  • 'Shows just how much our language is influenced by old stories', The Irish Sun
  • 'a charming little book', Oddfellows Magazine