Rees, Nigel 1944-

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Rees, Nigel 1944-

(Nigel Thomas Rees)


Born June 5, 1944, in Liverpool, England; son of Stewart and Adeline Rees; married Susan Bates, May 6, 1978. Education: New College, Oxford, B.A. (with honors), 1967, M.A., 1970.


Home and office—Banbury, Oxfordshire, England. E-mail—[email protected]


Freelance television and radio reporter and producer, 1966-71; British Broadcasting Corp., London, England, actor in radio comedy shows Week Ending, 1971-76, and The Burkiss Way, 1976-80, presenter of radio programs Twenty-Four Hours, 1972-79, Kaleidoscope, 1973-75, Today and Between the Lines, both 1976-78, Quote … Unquote, 1976—, Where Were You in '62?, 1983-84, and Stop Press, 1984-86, presenter of television series Cabbages and Kings, 1979, Amoebas to Zebras, 1985-87, and Challenge of the South, 1987-88; "Quote … Unquote" Newsletter, publisher and editor, 1992—. Lecturer and public speaker.


Quote … Unquote, Allen & Unwin (London, England), 1978, St. Martin's Press (New York, NY), 1979.

Graffiti 1, Allen & Unwin (London, England), 1979.

Graffiti Lives O.K., Allen & Unwin (London, England), 1979.

Quote … Unquote 2, Allen & Unwin (London, England), 1980.

Graffiti 2, Allen & Unwin (London, England), 1980.

Very Interesting … but Stupid! A Book of Catchphrases from the World of Entertainment, Allen & Unwin (London, England), 1980.

Graffiti 3, Allen & Unwin (London, England), 1981.

Eavesdroppings, Allen & Unwin (London, England), 1981.

The Graffiti File, Allen & Unwin (London, England), 1981.

Graffiti 4, Allen & Unwin (London, England), 1982.

Slogans, Allen & Unwin (London, England), 1982.

Quote … Unquote 3, Allen & Unwin (London, England), 1983.

Word of Mouth, Allen & Unwin (London, England), 1983.

The Nigel Rees Book of Slogans and Catchphrases, Allen & Unwin (London, England), 1984.

The Joy of Cliches, Macdonald and Co. (London, England), 1984.

Sayings of the Century, Allen & Unwin (London, England), 1984.

The Gift of the Gab, Macdonald and Co. (London, England), 1985.

(With Vernon Noble) A Who's Who of Nicknames, Allen & Unwin (London, England), 1985.

Graffiti 5, Allen & Unwin (London, England), 1986.

Nudge, Nudge, Wink, Wink: A Quotebook of Love and Sex, Javelin (New York, NY), 1986.

A Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Quotations, Fontana (London, England), 1987.

Why Do We Say …?, Blandford (London, England), 1987, published as The Cassell Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins, Cassell (London, England), 1992, published as Cassell's Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins, Cassell (London, England), 2002.

The Newsmakers (fiction), Headline (London, England), 1987.

Talent (fiction), Headline (London, England), 1988.

A Family Matter (fiction), Headline (London, England), 1989.

Why Do We Quote …?, Blandford (London, England), 1989.

A Dictionary of Popular Phrases, Bloomsbury (London, England), 1990, published as The Phrase that Launched 1,000 Ships, Dell (New York, NY), 1991.

Dictionary of Phrase and Allusion, Bloomsbury (London, England), 1991, published as Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, Paragon (New York, NY), 1993.

Best Behaviour: A Complete Guide to Manners in the 1990s, Bloomsbury (London, England), 1992, published as Guide to Good Manners, 1993, published as Good Manners, Bloomsbury (London, England), 1994.

Politically Correct Phrasebook, Bloomsbury (London, England), 1993.

Epitaphs: Dictionary of Grave Epigrams and Memorial Eloquence, Bloomsbury (London, England), 1993.

Dictionary of Modern Quotations, Chambers, 1993.

Letter Writing: A Guide to Personal and Professional Correspondence, Bloomsbury (London, England), 1994.

Book of Humorous Anecdotes, Guinness (Glasgow, Scotland), 1994.

Brewer's Quotations: A Phrase and Fable Dictionary, Cassell (London, England), 1994.

As We Say in Our House: A Book of Family Sayings, Robson (London, England), 1994.

Dictionary of Jokes, Guinness (Glasgow, Scotland), 1995.

Dictionary of Catchphrases, Cassell (London, England), 1995.

Phrases and Sayings, Bloomsbury (London, England), 1995.

Dictionary of Cliches, Cassell (London, England), 1996.

Dictionary of Slogans, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 1997.

Companion to Quotations, Cassell (London, England), 1997, published as Mark My Words, Barnes & Noble (New York, NY), 2002.

Dictionary of Humorous Quotations, Cassell (London, England), 1998.

The Cassell Dictionary of Anecdotes, Cassell (London, England), 1999.

Cassell's Movie Quotations, Cassell (London, England), 2000.

Cassell's Humorous Quotations, Cassell (London, England), 2001.

Oops, Pardon, Mrs Arden! An Embarrassment of Domestic Catchphrases, Robson (London, England), 2001.

A Word in Your Shell-Like Ear: 6,000 Curious and Everyday Phrases Explained, Collins (Glasgow, Scotland), 2004.

Cassell's Dictionary of Catchphrases, Cassell (London, England), 2005.

I Told You I Was Sick: A Grave Book of Curious Epitaphs, Weidenfeld & Nicolson (London, England), 2005.

Brewer's Famous Quotations: 5,000 Quotations and the Stories behind Them, Weidenfeld & Nicolson (London, England), 2006.

A Man about a Dog: 3,000 Figleaves of Speech, Collins (Glasgow, Scotland), 2006.

Contributor to magazines and newspapers.



Times Literary Supplement, February 1, 1985, Geoffrey Marshall, review of Sayings of the Century, p. 114.


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