Put downs are the kind of things you wished you'd said yourself, but couldn't think up in time. Whether it be rock star or politician, actress or businessman, no-one in the public eye is immune to a perfectly-executed barb. "His writing is limited to songs for dead blondes," is Keith Richards' view on Elton John. "What is Wales for?" asked Anne Robinson to a contestant on The Weakest Link Very little links Groucho Marx, Dorothy Parker, Pat Buchanan, Winston Churchill and Bette Middler, other than a common language. They're all fluent in vitriol. This book assembles the absolute master craftsmen in their field and proves that the pen is indeed mightier than the sword.
Laura Ward is a journalist, writer and compulsive quote collector from SE11, London. Other books for Robson include Foolish Words, ISBN 1-86105-657-5, a compendium of quotations that people wished they'd never said, and Famous Last Words, ISBN 1-86105-723-7