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Like its illustrious predecessor, Chambers Book of Days is a compendium of information relating to the days, months, and seasons of the year, selected and presented with the personal touch of the author. At the same time, the style of Chambers Book of Days has been preserved by the inclusion of numerous passage from the original volumes, and the selection of these was one of the current author's more pleasurable tasks. It is hard to surpass Robert Chambers' lyrical descriptions of the characteristics of the changing seasons, for example, extracts of which are included at the beginning of each month.

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Times, obviously, have changed. Entries in the old Chambers for the same day noted the birth of Charles Lamb and the death of Pope Gregory V In the new Chambers, January 27 is judged remarkable for being the date on which French footballer Eric Cantona was fined for kicking a fan : in the old Chambers the day was commemorated with an article about St John Chrysostom. It would hardly be a criticism of the new Book of Days, however, to say that it is a book very much of its time; that, after all, is the point.

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  6. It's important to try to keep up-to-date with the never-ending follies of mankind. September 11 is obviously now as remarkable a date as, say, March 28 the beginning of the Crimean war, Wars, atrocities and acts of violence naturally loom large in the new book, much larger in fact, as far as I can tell, than in the earlier Chambers, disproving anyone who still believes the Whig interpretation of history.

    Not suprisingly, in these annals of human stupidity, telly also now features as worthy of commemoration and comment, from the just-possibly historic first television broadcast made by British prime minister - Anthony Eden April 27 , to the amusingly notable first episode of Dr Who - screened November 23 , to the surely-in-anyone's-estimation-utterly irrelevant the first episode of This is Your Life - July 29 For all its exhaustive pursuit of truth and knowledge, the original Chambers did not stint on the oddities: January 23 may have marked the death of William Pitt , but it also provided an excuse for discussions about ale-tasting.