Max Cryer has many years’ experience of researching and writing on aspects of language and social history. A well-known broadcaster and entertainer, he hosts a weekly radio show on the English language. In a long career, he has been a schoolteacher, a compere and television host, as well as a performer on the opera stage in London and in cabaret in Las Vegas and Hollywood. Now a full-time writer living in Auckland, he has written many books, including Who Said That First?, Love Me Tender, The Godzone Dictionary, Curious English Words and Phrases, Preposterous Proverbs and Every Dog Has Its Day.
Is It True?
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The facts behind the things we have been told
In this revealing book, Max Cryer explores the truth or otherwise of facts and beliefs we may have always been told are true, but which on closer examination may not be. In a wide-ranging book encompassing social history, language, music, politics, food, sport, the natural world and much more, we discover the truth behind some of our most cherished beliefs.
Do St Bernard dogs really carry brandy?
Does Santa Claus come from the North Pole?
Did Winston Churchill coin the term ‘Iron Curtain’?
‘OK’ is an American expression, right?
Tulips come from Holland, don’t they?
Did Sarah Palin say ‘I can see Russia from my house?’
Did Alexander Graham Bell invent the telephone?
Lady Godiva rode naked through Coventry – didn’t she?
Max Cryer is a seasoned author who is incapable of writing a dull word. Always fresh and amusing, he will take you on a journey through your acquired knowledge, testing whether it is really up to scratch.
SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 210 x 135 mm | 216 Pages |
In Daily – review May 2014
“Is It True? is full of interesting facts and figures and stories about erroneous ideas that come to be regarded as truth. There is a range of chapters and topics, … there is enough in this book to amuse, surprise and interest most people.”
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ABC Statewide Evenings – with Dom Knight – May 7, 2014
Author Max Cryer joins Dominic Knight to reveal the gap between what we think we know is true and what pure fiction.
Daily Telegraph.com – April 2014
Good Reading – April 2014 – extract
Be Exclusive – April 2014
ABC Melbourne, Saturday April 5 – Breakfast with Hillary Harper
Light FM – Conversation with Clayton
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