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The Importance of Being Trivial

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  46 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
If you find yourself intrigued by unusual pieces of information (and who isn’t), Mark Mason’s proud book of trivia will intrigue in its exploration of not just truly unimportant facts but also the science and psychology of our fascination with trivia.
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published July 8th 2008 by Random House Books (first published June 26th 2008)
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Durdles
Mar 17, 2011 Durdles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: obsessions
An irresistable and surprisingly thorough quest for the perfect piece of trivial knowledge which is also very funny. It appeals to the type of brain (usually male) which is curious and competetive in the pursuit of the quirky killer fact. Mark Mason's enquiries lead him from discussions with his friends and acquaintences to interviews with Chas (of Chas & Dave) about Eminem, Steve Punt about the joy of German textbooks and John Sessions about his slightly guilty feelings about his propensity ...more
Stefan Glosby
Aug 09, 2011 Stefan Glosby rated it really liked it
Mark Mason goes in search of the perfect piece of trivia, stopping along the way to consider why we are drawn to trivia at all, and why men like it more than women.

Told in story form, like Danny Wallace's books, Mason interviews a series of people including Tim Whitnall, Toby Young, John Lloyd and Sandi Toksvig as he tries to reach a conclusion.

It's an enjoyable read. The only niggles being that there are times when it descends into waffle before suddenly cutting off and finishing the chapter. I
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Raymond
Jun 24, 2011 Raymond rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trivia, read-2011, owned
A fascinating look at the workings of the trivial mind, but a bit of a cop-out in the end.
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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 Sussex with his partner and son.
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