This compendium of general knowledge is aimed at young people, in particular, to stimulate fact-based learning. In terms of the National Curriculum, it is now recognized that investigation of academic subjects, and even free expression, cannot avoid a structural underpinning of solid facts; and if absorbing such information is fun, young people cannot fail to benefit. This book grew from the author's need to give students a systematic coverage of a vast amount of information, when participating in the junior section of the schools challenge quiz. It provided a notable impetus to learning at his school. The success of the many quiz shows on TV and radio, pub quizzes and fact-based games for adults and children, also indicates a strong underlying interest everywhere. This wide-ranging collection of facts covers history, geography, literature, religion, mathematics, science, the arts, film and sport. It should appeal to the whole family. Stanley Prince is the author of "A Guide to French Grammar".