“ Author: John Lloyd, John Mitchinson / Hardcover / 96 Pages / Book is published 2010-11-04 by Faber and Faber „
The annual for 2011, true to form, follows the H theme of that year's series and doesn't fail to deliver all of the intelligent humour and irrelevant but interesting factoids associated with the TV show and with previous annuals.
Although sadly lacking one of Stephen fry's excellent introductions, this annual still contains brilliantly varied contributions from some of the many contestants on the show, ranging from a history of hamsters courtesy of Phil Jupitus to Jo Brand's "Home Economy: How to Halve your Housework!" (The latter including this excellent advice on how to discourage vistors, thus cutting down on mess - keep a large dead rat in the hall.)
However, despite the wonderful work of the QI elves and celebrity contributors in creating well-researched, sometimes thought provoking (Ross Noble's account of his visit to Helmand's Province springs to mind) and always funny articles, my favourite section has to be Robert Thompson's several pages dotted throughout the annual like little lurking gems containing hilarious cartoons.
This is wonderfully put together, with bright, appealing artwork and hidden goodies in every corner, just like a good annual needs. It continues the same high standard that I have come to expect from QI books and should delight loyal fans and newcomers alike.