In Search of the Perfect Fact
An entertaining and trivia-filled guide to our obsession with trivia
If you're not remotely interested in the fact that Pete Conrad was the first man to fall over on the moon or that the stretch of road between the Strand and the Savoy is the only public highway in Britain where you are legally obliged to drive on the right, then The Importance of Being Trivial is very definitely not for you.
If, on the other hand, you're intrigued by these pearls of information, or you feel that life will be more worth living if only someone will tell you which London pub is technically part of Cambridgeshire, then Mark Mason's proudly trivial book will be required reading. Part exploration of our fascination with trivia (interviews with the likes of Stephen Fry), part exploration of the science and psychology of trivia (with contributions from such medical experts as Simon Baron-Cohen), this is a wonderful celebration of the truly unimportant which also undertakes to provide the answer to an eminently pointless question: what is the best piece of trivial information of all time?
“Mason's personal odyssey has an irresistibly hapless charm.”
“... a bridge back to proper reading for those who have become unhealthily addicted to the likes of "Steve Wright's Further Factoids".”
“I loved this book - this is quality trivia.”
Richard and Judy
“Every pub should have one.”
BBC Radio 3
“...a collection of joyously irrelevant titbits of information”
“..trivia is utterly irresistible”
“In his amiable book, Mark Mason examines why some people are fascinated by trivia and tries to pinpoint what makes the perfect fact”