Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Blog Tour: Literary Facts with a QI Elf


I am very excited to bring to you today the last stop on the blog tour for 1,342 QI Facts To Leave You Flabbergasted! To celebrate the release of the book, Anne Miller, one of the QI Elves, has written us a list of some of her favourite literary facts, so take it away, Anne!

At QI we all have our favourite topics. One of my all-time favourite QI facts is that a baby puffin is called a puffling but I will have to wait until 2018’s Series P to lobby for a show entirely about those brilliant birds. However, I also love literary facts and in Series L, I had the chance to write a whole show about books in the form of the ‘Literature’ episode of QI.

In that episode we covered the fact that T.S. Eliot was one of the publishers to turn down George Orwell’s 1984. 1984 is also the book that people are most likely to lie about having read. There was also the fact that the phrase  ‘Elementary, my dear Watson’ did not come from the Sherlock Holmes canon but instead from P.G. Wodehouse’s 1915 novel Psmith, Journalist.

This year’s QI book 1,342 QI Facts To Leave You Flabbergasted contains our favourite facts discovered in the last year. Some of my favourite literary ones include:

  • Charles Dickens
 helped stop P. T. Barnum from moving Shakespeare’s house, brick by brick, to New York. 
  • Pope John Paul II drew his own comic books. 
  • The French for ‘airport novel’ is roman de gare, or ‘railway station 
novel’. 
  • Thomas Jefferson kept a flock of geese to supply quills for his pens. 
  • The Pencil Sharpener Museum in Logan, Ohio, has 3,400 pencil sharpeners. 
  • Harper Lee, 
author of To Kill a Mockingbird, was an airline booking agent. 
  • Woody Allen writes his film scripts on a typewriter he bought in the 1950s. 
  • On a QWERTY keyboard
 a typist’s fingers cover 20 miles a day; on a Dvorak keyboard 
it’s only one mile. 
  • Roald Dahl, Noël Coward, Greta Garbo, Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Harry Houdini and Christopher Lee all 
worked as spies. 
  • H. G. Wells was A. A. Milne’s maths teacher. 

Thank you for sharing this with us, Anne! If you're interested in finding out more about the QI Elves, you can follow them on Twitter here, and 1,342 QI Facts to Leave You Flabbergasted is out now!

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

A Notice (#7): Coming Soon!

I am very excited to say that I will soon be hosting my first ever blog tour stop on Writing Starlight! Next Tuesday (13th December), to celebrate the release of 1,342 QI Facts To Leave You Flabbergasted, I'll be posting a list of literary facts from QI Elf Anne Miller! Make sure to keep an eye out for that, and if you want to have a look at where else the tour is stopping, check out blogs in the banner below! As well as that, I would definitely recommend following the QI Elves on Twitter, because they're always tweeting fascinating facts.


Faber & Faber, the publishers of the book, also sent me a copy, which I am very happy about, and look forward to reading over the holiday season!


Since I am making a post, I would just like to take the opportunity to apologise for not posting very frequently recently! I have had a lot of work to do for university, but I am hoping that over the Christmas break I will have some time to post on this blog, especially since I did get some books recently that I am excited to read, and I'm sure I'll be getting some books for Christmas that I'll want to post about! So make sure to stay tuned for all of that, and until then, have a happy Christmas!