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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407007403
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

The Importance of Being Trivial

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?

  • Pub date: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407007403
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

About the Author

Mark Mason

Mark Mason's previous non-fiction includes The Importance of Being Trivial, Walk the Lines, The Bluffer's Guide To Football and The Bluffer's Guide To Bond. He is also the author of three novels, and has written for most British national newspapers (though never about anything too heavy), and magazines from The Spectator to Four Four Two. He lives in Suffolk with his partner and son.

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Praise for The Importance of Being Trivial

“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".”

Sunday Telegraph

“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”

Sunday Herald

“..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”


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