Beyond the Tingle Quotient - Godfrey SmithWeidenfeld & Nicolson, 1982, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges, slightly tanned on the reverse with the price penned out on the front flap. Bruised at the head of the spine. Text complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: “Godfrey Smith’s unique column, which has appeared on the leader page of The Sunday Times for over two years, has established an extraordinary empathy between writer and reader. When, for instance, he asked readers to name the ten most beautiful words in the language, nominations cascaded in by the hundreds from poets, novelists, politicians, headmasters and housewives. What piece of music had the highest tingle quotient — a phrase dreamed up by another reader — and again the answers came back in their hundreds. Mixed in with this running dialogue is a rich gallimaufry of sketches, interviews and anecdotes, all couched in the author’s wry and idiosyncratic style.
Now, for the first time, the most celebrated topics from the columns — as well as his essays on the Fat Man and a return to an Oxford Ball — have been developed at length. Godfrey Smith, who has worked on The Sunday Times for twenty-five years and been editor of both its Magazine and Review, felt that after re-writing other idiot’s words for so long, it was high time to write some of his own. This delightful and entertaining book is the result.”