Allan Goodbrand

Allan Goodbrand is an international businessman who has lived in the US and Europe, and has held senior positions with a number of companies. He is currently the European Chief Executive of a US technology firm. Outside of work, Allan’s interests range from fine food and wine to music and writing. He has three grown up children and lives near London.

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Have you ever wondered about the origins of those sayings we use every day without thinking? ‘A hat trick’, for example? Apparently, in 1858 a certain H.H. Stevenson, cricketer, took three wickets with three consecutive balls. It was such a feat that a hat was purchased and presented to him. The practice of scoring three times in a single match in various sports has been known as a hat trick ever since.

In this charming and informative anthology, Allan Goodbrand brings together a selection of his favourite sayings and similes, and leavens the results of his research with his own quirky observations. For a hat trick, for example: ‘I wonder what would have happened if he had been presented with some other item instead of a hat. A “trouser trick” might give the wrong impression altogether, and a “two crystal tumblers and a decanter trick” just isn’t as catchy is it?’

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