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Did you know…
…the Lully and Rameau were rival Mafia mobsters?
…that Dame Ethel Smyth was actually Elgar in drag?
…why Handel was referred to in his youth as ‘a little bleeder’?
…what Lord Nelson actually said was “Kiss me, Haydn”?
…who was known as the 19th century thinking man’s crumpet?
All this and much more that you could not possibly have suspected is revealed in the sensational Grone’s Dictionary, which has been compiled after years of painstaking and loving research by Howard Burnham and illuminatingly (sometimes alarmingly) illustrated by Richard Butterworth. Beware.