100 Words for Rain

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Pub Date 11 Apr 2024 | Archive Date Not set
Collins Reference | National Trust Books

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  • Supported by the National Trust
  • Quirky and fascinating facts about Britain’s favourite subject – the weather.
  • Includes all sorts of weird and wonderful weather words from around the country.
  • Supercharge your small talk, never be stuck for something to say.

Have you ever saved up for a rainy day, had your head in the clouds or generally felt under the weather? The British obsession with weather and the words we use to describe it have come to define us. We talk about it endlessly ­– five whole months of our lives to be precise. We use it to start conversations with complete strangers. It affects our moods, shopping habits and even how we vote. This book is packed with information you’ll want to share about this most important subject – quirky history, surprising facts, folklore, strange words and even stranger people.

  • Supported by the National Trust
  • Quirky and fascinating facts about Britain’s favourite subject – the weather.
  • Includes all sorts of weird and wonderful weather...

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I happened to start reading this book in the middle of heavy downpours and a double storm duo. It definitely added to the ambience and made for some atmospheric reading!

As brits, it’s difficult to get by without a comment on the weather, probably daily and in detail about how it affected our commute, the latest weather warning, storms and friendly small talk about not only the weather we’re having but about the weather we are to expect in repetitive detail. It’s part of our DNA! And what’s better, than to have an insightful book about all things weather. This one will satisfy all your curiosities.

It was a brilliantly expansive book on all kinds of weather spanning weather in literature, weather phenomenons, regional dialects on weather, historical events, weathers effect on behaviour and the trends we’re seeing to name a few.

It really was super interesting and you’re bound to leave with all sorts of new knowledge (which you can whip out next time the subject of weather inevitably crops up in your next conversation!). I actually learnt a lot more than I thought I would and enjoyed the variety of topics.

A brilliantly inventive book on all things weather - a necessity for any Brit’s bookshelf.

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I have been living in Britain for nearly half of my life, and up until this day, I still ponder on the British urge to talk about the weather. It has always puzzled me, and at times I've found it comical. I enjoy exploring more words for rain and different ways to describe the weather. 'Robin Hoods Bay wind' will stick with me now, as I'm from that area. Thank you, NetGalley, and Alex Johnson for this fun read, which certainly at times left me in stitches!

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100 Words for Rain by Alex Johnson

Began reading this during many of our named storms of this year thus far.
As Brits we do like to talk about the weather , not only to friends and family but also to complete strangers such as those we might meet at a bus stop ! Nothing wrong in that as the weather is such an interesting subject.
This book will go a long way in fulfilling our desire to find out all we can on weather of all aspects.
Very informative.

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The weather is definitely a well talked about topic in Britain so it is great to learn more about eh topic that fills our daily conversations.

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British people and their love of talking about the weather may feel like a cliche but it does actually feature a lot in our daily conversations and seems to be important to a lot of us, maybe because our climate and weather patterns are so changeable compared to many other places. And I have to say I found this book genuinely interesting!

I loved the glimpses of past events, the regional differences in language and experiences and the quotes from literature - it's a really lovely book to dip in and out of to see just how much it is part of our everyday lives. It's also beautifully and clearly laid out and has some very nice illustrations, so a great little reference books for anyone with an interest in the subject.

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A beautifully written National Trust book that covers subjects from weather forecasting to how weather affects behaviour. The British discuss weather a lot, mostly because it is so variable! This makes it hard to plan holidays here that might have a chance of decent weather! The author mentions novels where weather is important, such as The Birds by Daphne de Maurier and Thomas Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd. There's a chapter on folklore eg If it rains on St Swithin's day it will rain for the following 40 days, which is often true. Did you know that bees are good weather forecasters? There's a lot to discover in this charming book. A comprehensive index means that you can look up subjects from storms to Julius Caesar.

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Well lets be honest, I’m British, this book was made for me, I was born to read, talk, obsess about the weather, it is never far from my mind!
This wonderful little book is full of fascinating facts I didn’t know I needed to know. From all the divers regional names for different weather conditions to how the weather may have affected major historical events from the Romans onward, and even how it shapes our emotions.
Being a bibliophile I also loved the mentions of weather in literature and poetry.
It would be very easy to gobble this book up in one sitting but equally a pleasure to dip in and out of. I would be more than happy to recommend it.

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This is a very informative book about rain and it contains plenty of words and expressions related to rain and similar weather types. I recommend it to anyone who's curious to learn more about the weather or just for the fun of the words.

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Brits and talking about the weather go hand in hand, so this is the perfect book for a rainy day - and as I look out of the window, the raindrops are falling (but not on my head!).

It's a running joke that the British love to talk about the weather so this book is a celebration - yes really! - of all things weather! From the many varied terms used to describe weather - many are new to me but I hope to use some of them now I've read about them! - as well as the impact that weather has played on our culture over the years, from art to theatre and everything in between!

Every aspect of weather is explored and I loved the depth of coverage each topic receives from the author - there's the terms and how they came to be, folklore, how it affects moods and even shopping habits, and also the impact that weather plays on events such as wars, elections and other aspects of history. And even Camberwick Green gets a mention so that's always a big plus in my book!!

I also enjoyed reading about Samuel Pepys's Diary contains many of his thoughts about the weather, showing that it's just not a modern phenomenon that weather is discussed!! It seems to be in the British DNA! A really fun and fascinating read!

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100 Words for Rain, such a very British topic. This is such an interesting and informative book. Full of just the type of information that I love. As well as all the words for rain, snow, thunder and lightning there are lots of little anecdotes about how different types of weather influence the very framework of our lives, our shopping habits and our behaviour. I loved the section on creative rain and the one about all the proper names for weather phobias, who knew there could be so many.
This is a fun book to read for anyone interested in the weather and, let’s face it, it is a national pastime at least it is here in the UK.

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