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"Democracy is too good to share with just anybody." -- Nigel Rees
Nigel Rees (born 5 June 1944 near Liverpool) is an English author and presenter, best known for devising and hosting the Radio 4 long running panel game Quote... Unquote (since 1976) and as the author of more than fifty books — reference, humour and fiction.

He went to the Merchant Taylors' School, Crosby, and then took a degree in English at New College, Oxford (where he was a Trevelyan Scholar and took a leading role in the Oxford University Broadcasting Society). He went straight into television with Granada in Manchester and made his first TV appearances on local programmes in 1967 before moving to London as a freelance. He worked for ITN’s News at Ten as a reporter before becoming involved in a wide range of programmes for BBC Radio as reporter and producer.

In 1971, he turned to presenting. He introduced the BBC World Service current affairs magazine Twenty Four Hours nearly a thousand times between 1972 and 1979. From 1973 to 1975 he was also a regular presenter of Radio 4’s arts magazine Kaleidoscope. From 1976 to 1978 he was the founder presenter of Radio 4’s newspaper review Between the Lines and, from 1984 to 1986, Stop Press.

By way of contrast he kept up the revue acting he had started at Oxford by appearing for five years in Radio 4’s topical comedy show Week Ending... and then in five series of the cult comedy The Burkiss Way. Comedy appearances have also included Harry Enfield and Chums on BBC TV.

When he was 32, in 1976, he became the youngest ever regular presenter of Radio 4’s Today programme and had two years of early mornings with Brian Redhead before leaving in May 1978 at the time of his marriage to Sue Bates, a marketing executive. The other reason was the increasing success of Quote... Unquote, his quiz anthology on Radio 4, then in its third series.

By 1978 it was also time for the first Quote... Unquote book. This gave rise to a whole series under various titles and devoted to aspects of the English language and especially the humour that derives from it. One of his five graffiti collections was a No. 1 paperback bestseller in the UK.

His reference books include the Cassell’s Movie Quotations, Cassell’s Humorous Quotations, A Word In Your Shell-Like and Brewer's Famous Quotations.

Since 1992, he has published and edited The Quote... Unquote Newsletter, a quarterly journal (now distributed electronically) and devoted to the origins and use of well-known quotations, phrases and sayings.

Widely-recognized as host and participant in quizzes and panel games, he has been chairman of TV’s Cabbages and Kings (quotations), Challenge of the South (general knowledge), Amoebas to Zebras (natural history) and First Things First (panel game) ... all on ITV. For 18 years he was a regular guest in Dictionary Corner on Channel 4's Countdown. He is a recent past President of the Johnson Society (Lichfield) and was described in The Spectator (16 December 2006) as: "Britain's most popular lexicographer — the lineal successor to Eric Partridge and, like him, he makes etymology fun."

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Total Books: 95
Brewer's Famous Quotations
2010 - Brewer's Famous Quotations (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780550105479
ISBN-10: 0550105476
Genre: Reference
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More Tea Vicar An Embarrasment of Domestic Catchphrases
2009 - More Tea VIcar an Embarrasment of Domestic Catchphrases (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781905400744
ISBN-10: 1905400748
Genres: Reference, Humor & Entertainment
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A Man About A Dog Euphemisms And Other Examples of Verbal Squeamishness
All Gong and No Dinner Home Truths and Domestic Sayings
2007 - All Gong and No Dinner Home Truths and Domestic Sayings (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780007249350
ISBN-10: 0007249357
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Reference
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A Word in Your Shell-Like 6000 Curious  Everyday Phrases Explained
2007 - A Word in Your Shell-like 6000 Curious Everyday Phrases Explained (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780007220878
ISBN-10: 0007220871
Genre: Reference
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Brewer's Famous Quotations 5000 Quotations and the Stories Behind Them
2006 - Brewer's Famous Quotations 5000 Quotations and the Stories Behind Them (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780304367993
ISBN-10: 0304367990
Genres: Reference, Nonfiction
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I Told You I Was Sick A Grave Book of Curious Epitaphs
2005 - I Told You I Was Sick a Grave Book of Curious Epitaphs (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780304368037
ISBN-10: 0304368032
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Reference, Humor & Entertainment
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Cassell's Humorous Quotations
2003 - Cassell's Humorous Quotations [Cassell Reference] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780304365883
ISBN-10: 0304365882
Genres: Reference, Humor & Entertainment
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Oops Pardon MrsArden An Embarrassment of Domestic Catchphrases
2002 - Oops Pardon Mrsarden an Embarrassment of Domestic Catchphrases (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781861055446
ISBN-10: 1861055447
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Cassell's Movie Quotations
2002 - Cassell's Movie Quotations (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780304362240
ISBN-10: 0304362247
Genres: Reference, Humor & Entertainment
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Cassell's Dictionary Of Word And Phrase Origins
2002 - Cassell's Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins [Cassell Dictionary of] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780304362257
ISBN-10: 0304362255
Genre: Reference
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Oops Pardon Mrs Arden An Embarrassment of Domestic Catchphrases
2001 - Oops Pardon Mrs Arden an Embarrassment of Domestic Catchphrases (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781861054401
ISBN-10: 1861054408
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As We Say in Our House A Book of Family Sayings
2001 - As We Say in Our House a Book of Family Sayings (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781861054647
ISBN-10: 1861054645
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Quoteunquote
2001 - Quoteunquote [BBC Radio Collection] (Audio Cassette)
ISBN-13: 9780563557609
ISBN-10: 0563557605
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Cassell Companion to Quotations
2000 - Cassell Companion to Quotations (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780304351923
ISBN-10: 030435192X
Genre: Reference
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Cassell Dictionary of Word  Phrase Origins
1998 - Cassell Dictionary of Word Phrase Origins (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780304349654
ISBN-10: 0304349658
Genre: Reference
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A Dictionary of Slogans
1997 - A Dictionary of Slogans (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780004720425
ISBN-10: 0004720423
Genre: Reference
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Cassell Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins
1997 - Cassell Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780304348039
ISBN-10: 0304348031
Genre: Reference
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CASSELL DICTIONARY OF CATCHPHRASES
1997 - Cassell Dictionary of Catchphrases (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780304349661
ISBN-10: 0304349666
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Phrases  Sayings
1997 - Phrases Sayings [Bloomsbury Reference] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780747531142
ISBN-10: 0747531145
Genre: Reference
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Brainbox Quiz Book
1996 - Brainbox Quiz Book (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780851126173
ISBN-10: 0851126170
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1988 - Talent (Hardcover)Paperback