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About the AuthorNigel Holmes (me; born 1942) grew up in England, and moved to the US in 1978 to work at Time Magazine. When I left in 1994 I was the graphics director, and had written three books about information design. (They're out of print now, but Amazon usually has second-hand copies.) Other books include Wordless Diagrams (also now out of print: but you can get a copy for 1 cent on Amazon's second-hand sellers list; a true bargain!) and Nigel Holmes on Information Design, by Steven Heller. My first children's book is Pinhole and the Expedition to the Jungle. It's for children aged somewhere around 10 or 11 (but people tell me it's not really a children's book at all). You can also get a full-colour version of it for the iPad, with jungle sounds. The Book of Everything (Lonely Planet, December 2012) is full of tips, friendly warnings, diagrams, maps, charts, lists and fun associated with travel (some only tangentially associated, I must say). In 2014 I did a companion book called Instant Expert (also published by Lonely Planet), which has a similar mix of fun and information. Both these seemed to have found an audience with young people aged 10 and up. I'm working on a book for Taschen right now. It's called Odd, and is a collection of 100 weird things that people do annually to become world champion (for instance, in such events as bog snorkelling and worm charming), or just to have fun taking part in dwile flonking, tuna tossing or hair freezing. It'll be out simultaneously in English, French, German and Spanish early in 2017. Please don't get me mixed up with another Englishman named Nigel Holmes. His books are about taking erotic photographs.
Author 1Lonely Planet
FormatHardcover
Edition Number1
Editorial ReviewDelightful, application of sign-symbol illustrations and explanatory charts and graphics... In economical how-to steps, Holmes...clearly details almost any task you could imagine, from being a bouncer (or "crowd-controller") to panning for gold to building sand castles. Not everything is easy, but everything Holmes covers is fascinating.' (New York Times Book Review) Instant Expert is my new favorite book. Not a travel book per se, it invests at least two pages each to a slew of topics that can make you sound more educated... Written with a heavy dose of humour, the author quickly teaches you to be a flight attendant, an arthroscopic surgeon, a caber tosser, a book binder, a Japanese tea master, and a cat. Even if you have no inclination to be anything but what you are, this book is an entertaining and interesting read. You will learn something new, and be able to insert helpful tidbits of information into conversation at your next cocktail party or game night..stant Expert...is worth every penny. Enjoy yourself and learn a lot by perusing this fun, useful reference book.' (GeekDad)
LanguageEnglish
Number of Pages204
Publication Date1/12/2014
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