Black Cats and April Fools

By Harry Oliver

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  • ISBN: 9781843581628
  • Publication Date: 29 Sep 2006
  • Format: Hardback
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd
  • Imprint: Metro Books, London

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Synopsis

Why is a black cat lucky? What is the true origin of April Fool's Day? Why is it unlucky to walk under a ladder? Why does cracking a mirror bring seven years bad luck? Do carrots really improve your eyesight? We have all touched wood to ward off misfortune, or seen a bride throw a bouquet over her head at a wedding, but how often do we stop to think about where such customs come from, or why we still use them? The truth is that behind many of our daily rituals and beliefs lies a fascinating history of weird and wonderful notions, some rational, others fanciful, that provide a rich and entertaining addition to our lives. In this charming book, best-selling author Harry Oliver has delved into the stories behind our rich traditions to explain them to us with characteristic wit and flair.

About the author

Writer and Editor Harry Oliver's love affair with the English language led him to study Literature the University of London where he attained his degree. On leaving he entered the world of publishing. Author of two other books, he lives and works in London.

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