Starting a new Liff
John Lloyd pens sequel to comedy classic
QI creator John Lloyd is working on a new follow-up to The Meaning Of Liff, the classic comedy book he co-wrote with Douglas Adams.
The original – a dictionary providing words for things and experience which should have a name, but didn’t – was published 30 years ago and has been in print ever since.
Adams and Lloyd wrote a follow-up The Deeper Meaning Of Liff, in 1990 – and now publisher Faber has announced it is to release Afterliff next August to mark the 30th anniversary.
The launch will be accompanied by a live stage show at next year’s Fringe, based on some of the new definitions.
Lloyd has been working on the book for the past decade, with other friends of The Hitchhiker’s Guide author, including Adams’s daughter Polly and novelist Jon Canter.
The Liff books used UK place names to provide words for things that did not previously exist, such as:
BURBAGE (n.): The sound made by a liftful of people all trying to breathe politely through their noses.
POGES (pl.n.): The lumps of dry powder that remain after cooking a packet soup.
Posted: 9 Oct 2012