The first - monstrously entertaining - book to collect, expose and then explain all the secrets, signs, symbols and codes at use in everyday existence. (The hardback edition was titled "Tic-Tac, Teddy Bears and Teardrop Tattoos.)
There is a world shrouded in secrecy that exists beyond the realms of conventional understanding. A world of coded languages, unsubstantiated rumour, incomprehensible handshakes, hidden meanings and red herrings that reveals itself only to the initiated, to the insiders, and for most of us remains tantalisingly out of reach. As you read this, it surrounds you, as you look up, it confronts you, as you wonder how you ve missed it, you will continue to...
But no longer. EYE SPY hands us the keys to understanding even the darkest corner of those closed-off, clandestine worlds. Here, you will learn how to go undetected within a Masonic lodge, why many Italians have an irrational fear of the number 17, and what a trucker means when he talks about his running bobtail burning the hammer lane .
Did you know that the red and white pole outside the barbers refers to the trade s gory history of bloodletting, or that when London Underground staff ask for Inspector Sands over the tannoy, they re actually reporting a fire, or that a pub named the Royal Oak has its origins back in a Civil War battle. We all need a guiding light to illuminate life s darkened corners and obscure pathways this book is just that beacon.
This highly diverting treasure trove of bizarre and largely useless information would make an excellent stocking filler. - Mail on Sunday
Excellent to dip into, entertaining and educational - and a great conversation starter. - Oxford Times
Justin Scroggie is the author of popular non-fiction books for children and adults. He is also a successful television producer, having mastered hit TV shows The Crystal Maze, Treasure Hunt, Starfinder, Shock Treatment and Codex. He lives in London with his wife Felicity, and daughter Nat.