The Wheel Is Spinning But the Hamster Is Dead

Adam Sharp


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Seven Dials
28 September 2023
ISBN: 9781398715929
224 pages

From the publisher

Know your tater trap from your sniffle herring in Sharp’s journey around the world in idioms, proverbs and general nonsense – the perfect gift for Christmas

‘Brilliant, hilarious fun from a master wordsmith – you will LOVE this book’ Kit de Waal
‘Extremely entertaining and very useful for new insults’ Russell Kane
‘Utter genius’ Marian Keyes
‘Brilliant’ Brian Bilston

Join wordsmith Adam Sharp as he journeys around the world in idioms, proverbs and general nonsense. Learn unusual insults from France (You are a potato with the face of a guinea pig), how to hurry someone up in the US (You’re going as slow as molasses in January) and what they call a shark in Vietnam (fat fish).

Full of fascinating, ridiculous and hilarious translations from around the world, Adam has rounded up the very best of what every corner of the globe has to offer.

Let’s get this show on the road! Or:
Let’s saddle the chickens! (German)
On with the butter! (Icelandic)
Forward with the goat! (Dutch)