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Graeme Gar­den et al

Wind­mill Books, 320 pages, €15.40

BBC Ra­dio 4’s I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue is a long-run com­edy panel show that plays on words and mean­ings. This com­pan­ion book takes a witty look at the new def­i­ni­tions of cer­tain words. ‘Al­ge­bra’ is a “brassiere made from kelp”, for in­stance, ‘deca­dence’ means “10 times as stupid” while ‘car­di­ol­ogy’ is, ap­par­ently, “the study of knitwear”.

It’s writ­ten by sev­eral of the shows reg­u­lars, in­clud­ing Graeme Gar­den — for­merly a mem­ber of the Bri­tish com­edy trio the Good­ies — and is likely to ap­peal to word­smiths and punlovers alike. Fans of the show, which is pre­sented by Jack Dee, will need lit­tle in­tro­duc­tion; for oth­ers, this book may be the gate­way to a whole new ra­dio ex­pe­ri­ence.

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