Colin Spedding's humorous lectures are memorable.
In this witty and wide-ranging book he brings together his favourite
proverbs as a ready source for readers, writers and speakers everywhere.
We all know 'It's the early bird catches the worm'. But Sir
Colin reminds us that 'The second mouse gets the cheese!' This
witty and entertaining new book gives speakers, writers and raconteurs
a chance to brush up on their grasp of proverbs old and new. Proverbs,
says the author, can amuse an audience, reveal telling truths,
and can even help to convey difficult concepts in a memorable
and amusing manner.
What's so special about Sir Colin Spedding's new book is that
he shows how proverbs can be put to use. The main categories he
covers include: Favourites, Fools, Ignorance and Education; Communication,
Power and Influence; Cautionary Proverbs, Learning from Experience,
Fashion, Wisdom, Good Intentions, In praise of keeping quiet and
Puzzling Proverbs - in total there are over thirty sections in
In each case he introduces the proverbs, sets them in context,
tells of their origins and gives the kind of background information
that every reader loves to read. Many of the proverbs in this
beautifully-designed book are illustrated by specially drawn cartoons
by the author. Colin Spedding is one of the leading biologists
of a generation - his lectures have become legendary through his
ability to leaven each talk with appropriate light-hearted interludes.
The book has an introduction by Sir Colin's colleague, Professor
Brian J Ford, who has also edited the book. For over forty years,
proverbs like these have been a hallmark of Sir Colin's presentational
style and others can now see just how he does it. The book is
available in paperback and also in a fine hardback binding with
a fully laminated dust-jacket. Post and packing is £1 extra
but this can be reduced if you purchase more than one.