Why Can't I Tickle Myself? by Gemma Elwin Harris, Bear Grylls, Miranda Hart, Sir David Attenborough

Why Can't I Tickle Myself?

Written by Gemma Elwin Harris, Bear Grylls, Miranda Hart, Sir David Attenborough

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Children have a knack of asking great, but challenging, questions: How far away is space? Why can't I tickle myself? What makes me? But how are we supposed to answer them? Imagine if we could turn to a leading expert and ask them to answer on our behalf. This book gathers over 100 real questions from children and puts them to some of our best-loved and most knowledgeable experts.

At least 50 per cent of the publisher's advance payments and 67 per cent of net royalty income in respect of sales of this book is payable to the NSPCC (Registered Charity Numbers 216401 & SC037717).


Why Can't I Tickle Myself? by Gemma Elwin Harris, Bear Grylls, Miranda Hart, Sir David Attenborough

Alain de Botton explores 'How are dreams made?', Kate Humble explains 'Why do lions roar?' and Heston Blumenthal answers 'Why do we cook food?' Their answers to the Big Questions - some complex, some searching, some surreal and some just plain cute - make this an essential handbook for anyone who wants to explain the complexities of life to their children. Includes answers from Sir David Attenborough, Dame Kelly Holmes, Bear Grylls, Derren Brown, Noam Chomsky, Dr Richard Dawkins, Alain de Botton, Annabel Karmel, Jacqueline Wilson, Jarvis Cocker, Marcus du Sautoy, Jessica Ennis, Marcus Chown, Tracy Emin, Harry Hill, Dr Christian Jessen and many more.


A lovely thing by lovely people for a lovely charity. -- Miranda Hart

Perfect for kids who ask 'Why? Dan Snow

The whole family will be hooked. Sunday Times Style Magazine

An invaluable spur to asking questions and thinking about answers. The Guardian

Certain to give you pause about much of what you thought you knew, or at the very least rekindle that childlike curiosity about and awe at the basic fabric of the world we live in . -- Maria Popova Brainpickings.org

Harris has assembled a roster of experts - some celebrities, some not, all eminent in their fields - to provide succinct, accurate replies to the sort of head-scratchers that parents and teachers regularly find themselves presented with by children of primary school age and often struggle to answer. it works a treat. Financial Times

After reading Big Questions... I was reminded of the limitless range of my own ignorance. The things most people don't know you could put in a book. And Faber have. The Telegraph

About the Author

Gemma Elwin Harris is a freelance editor and features writer. She has one son and three nieces, whose curiosity inspired this book.

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Faber & Faber

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3rd October 2013




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