An amazing find…

March 3, 2009

Oh we are very excited at SPL HQ! Lilias has just stumbled upon a wonderful book entitled The Faber Book of Useful Verse, edited by Simon Brett (Faber, 1981). Although we work here and are surrounded by this library of treasures all day, it’s lovely to find ourselves astounded.

Look at the joy on that face:

The Faber Book of Useful Verse; useful and happifying

Lilias with The Faber Book of Useful Verse; informative and happy-making

Its contents announce it Useful For: Those Contemplating Children; Latin; The Sciences; Miscellaneous Occasions and All Circumstances, to mention but few. We have been particularly entertained in the food category by ‘The Story of Augustus Who Would Not Have Any Soup’ translated anonymously from Heinrich Hoffman, and ‘A Curious Discourse that Passed between the Twenty-Five Letters at Dinner-Time’. Another, which Lilias left cunningly open upon my desk, entitled ‘Rather Too Good, Little Peggy’, ‘a true story’ by Adelaide O’Keeffe (1776 – 1885), pleased enormously. This whole book, from its poetic advice on how to cure hops and prepare them for sale to the rhymed mnemonic of the forty counties of England, is altogether rather too good.

5 Responses to “An amazing find…”


  1. That’s one of the two wonderful second-hand anthologies that friends gave us as a wedding present (almost 10 years ago — eek!). Different binding, though. (Now, what is the other one called?)

  2. spl5 Says:

    Good news David!: we have a lending copy here (and you can borrow by post if you don’t live near us) and: it’s still available from Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Faber-Useful-Verse-Simon-Brett/dp/0571117813


  3. Thanks for the link. 🙂

    I’m ashamed to say I’ve never used your services… I should remedy that.

  4. Marsha Howard Says:

    I want! Under “Useful for Those Contemplating Children” does it include “This Be The Verse” by Larkin?


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