This work is a personal reminiscence and a guide to solving crossword puzzles.
Each chapter starts with a clue and uses anecdote, history and autobiography to solve it, in the process describing something of what it means to love England.
In the process, readers encounter "The Best Crossword Clue Ever", "The Most Beautiful Clue in the World" and the eccentric personalities behind such legendary compilers as the "Guardian's" Araucaria and the "Times's" Ximenes.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 288 pages, Illustrations
- Publisher: Atlantic Books
- Publication Date: 04/02/2003
- Category: Crosswords
- ISBN: 9781843540366
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Review by herschelian
The sub-title of this book is 'A memoir of love, exile and crosswords' and that really tells the reader exactly what it is about. I really enjoyed this book, partly because I love doing cryptic crosswords myself and partly because the author, who I suspect is a similar age to me, came to Britain from South Africa just as I did. However I think that even if one had no prior interest in crosswords others would still find this a very readable book