The British Isles: A Trivia Gazetteer

The British Isles: A Trivia Gazetteer is a vast general knowledge gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland.

Featuring information on more than a thousand different British locations, its 101 chapters cover
subjects as diverse as the places mentioned in Shakespeare to the discovery of the chemical elements;
the origins of the Olympic Games to the film sets of Hollywood movies; and passengers onboard the
Titanic to suspects in the infamous case of Jack the Ripper.


Put simply, the basic concept behind the book is that just about everybody will know some fact or gem
of information about the place in which they were born or where they were live, and The British Isles: A Trivia Gazetteer is an inventive location-by-location attempt to collect together as many of these remarkable stories, histories and biographies as possible. Who would have thought, for instance, that Sunderland was the home of the first ship ever to circumnavigate Australia, or that America’s first practicing female doctor was in fact born in Bristol? Who knew that Swansea was the birthplace of Princess Lilian of Sweden, or that Neath’s Ray Milland holds the record for perhaps the shortest Oscar acceptance speech in history? And just where in the British Isles is there a waterfall three times the height of Niagara Falls?

As much an accessible and informative reference book as it is an entertaining miscellany of the British
Isles,The British Isles: A Trivia Gazetteer aims to expand our knowledge of these extraordinary islands whilst uncovering and celebrating some of their most remarkable people and places.

Book Author

Paul-jones Paul Anthony Jones was born in South Shields in 1983. Graduating with a Masters degree in English from the University of Newcastle in 2009, his first book The British Isles: A Trivia Gazetteer (2012) was inspired by a university study into the origins of English place names. This was quickly followed by two guides to English etymology, Haggard Hawks & Paltry Poltroons (2013) – named as one of best language titles of the year by The Guardian – and its sequel, Jedburgh Justice & Kentish Fire (2014). Paul also runs the popular tie-in Twitter account, @HaggardHawks, which ha...
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Book Reviews

  • Good Book Guide
    "Full of fascinating anecdotes and interesting trivia."
  • Discover Britain Magazine
    "Lovers of Britain and British miscellany are sure to love this."
  • The Lady
    "Fascinating facts."