QI's biographical dictionary of incredible lives.
The QI Book of the Dead is, in fact, a book about life, and lives: we have selected six dozen of the happiest, saddest, maddest and most successful men and women from history - the immortally famous and the undeservedly obscure - to share their secrets, celebrate their wisdom, learn from their mistakes, and marvel at their bad taste in clothes.
Hans Christian Anderson was terrified of naked women. Florence Nightingale spent her last fifty years in bed. Sigmund Freud smoked twenty cigars a day. Catherine de Medici applied a daily face mask made of pigeon dung. Rembrandt van Rijn died penniless. And Madame Mao banned cicadas, rustling noises and pianos.
About the Author
John Lloyd has a broadcasting background. As a radio producer he devised The News Quiz and To the Manor Born before moving to television to start Not the Nine O'Clock News, Spitting Image, and Blackadder.
John Mitchinson is from the world of books. The original Marketing Director of Waterstone's, he became Managing Director of Cassell, and now runs Unbound.