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- DescriptionIn Pop Goes the Weasel, Albert Jack explores the strange and fascinating histories behind the nursery rhymes we thought we knew, showing that their real meanings are far from incent. Who were Mary Quite Contrary and Georgie Porgie? How could Hey Diddle Diddle offer an essential astromy lesson? And if Ring a Ring a Roses isn't about catching the plague, then what is it really about? This ingenious book delves into the hidden meanings of the nursery rhymes and songs we all kw so well and discovers all kinds of strange tales ranging from Viking raids to firewalking and from political rebellion to slaves being smuggled to freedom. From the grim true story behind 'Oranges and Lemons' to the deadly secrets of Mary Quite Contrary's garden, and from how Lucy Locket lost more than her pocket to why Humpty Dumpty wasn't egg-shaped at all, Pop Goes the Weasel is a compendium of surprising stories you won't be able to resist passing on to everyone you kw. 'An irresistible treasure-trove' Daily Mirror 'Most of us can still recite the words to nursery rhymes we learned as children, but how many kw the real meanings behind our most familiar verses? Albert Jack reveals hidden histories of canns, courtesans and vengeful queens' Guardian 'The history behind nursery rhymes is t only highly specific but often splendidly grim' The Times Albert Jack has become something of a publishing phemen, clocking up hundreds of thousands of sales with his series of bestselling adventures tracing the fantastic stories behind everyday phrases (Red Herrings and White Elephants), the world's great mysteries (Loch Ness Monsters and Raining Frogs) and nursery rhymes (Pop Goes the Weasel).
- Author BiographyWhen not engaged in research, Albert Jack lives somewhere between Guildford and Cape Town, where he divides his time between fast living and slow horses, neat vodka and untidy pubs.
- Author(s)Albert Jack
- PublisherPenguin Books Ltd
- Date of Publication07/10/2010
- SubjectHumour: Collections & General
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintPenguin Books Ltd
- Content Note40 b/w illustrations
- Weight223 g
- Width129 mm
- Height198 mm
- Spine19 mm
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