Pretty Girl in Crimson Rose (8) : A Memoir of Love, Exile and Crosswords, Hardback Book

Pretty Girl in Crimson Rose (8) : A Memoir of Love, Exile and Crosswords Hardback

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Half a million people a day do it in the Telegraph.

The Times claims almost as many, and the Guardian 300,000.

Most people remember their first time, and everyone has a favourite.

You can do it in bed, standing up, or on a train. You can do it alone, with a loved one or in groups. The Queen does it in the bath. It is not illegal, immoral or fattening. In fact it tops the Home Office list of approved entertainments for prison inmates. Crosswords are a very British obsession.Pretty Girl in Crimson Rose (8) is a personal reminiscence and a guide to solving crossword puzzles.

But it is much, much more than a 'how-to' book. Each chapter is 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, we encounter The Best Crossword Clue Ever, The Most Beautiful Clue in the World ('Pretty Girl in Crimson Rose' (8) )) and the eccentric personalities behind such legendary compilers as the Guardian's Araucaria and The Times'Ximenes.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books
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  • Category: Crosswords
  • ISBN: 9781843540366



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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

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