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Philip Dodd developed a love of words and language as the son of dedicated crossword solvers, while studying French and Spanish at Jesus College, Oxford, and in a career as a book publisher and editor. His books include The Book Of Cities (Pavilion, with Ben Donald), a tour d'horizon of the world's most intriguing metropolises, and Musical Instruments (HarperCollins), one of the Collins Gem series. He has also worked with the Rolling Stones, interviewing them for their 2003 autobiography According To The Rolling Stones, and with Nick Mason on his memoir Inside Out: A Personal History Of Pink Floyd, and he is the editor of Genesis: Chapter & Verse. He lives in St John's Wood, London and Rochester, Kent with his wife, two daughters and a tankful of guppies.

Books by Philip Dodd

The Reverend Guppy's Aquarium

A wonderfully entertaining and idiosyncratic tour of the lives of those whose names have become part of the language, from Joseph Guillotin to Joseph B. Frisbie.

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