First You Write a Sentence.: The Elements of Reading, Writing … and Life

What a lovely thing this is a book that delights in the sheer textural joy of good sentences Any writer should read it Bee Wilson n n Thoughtful, engaging, and lively when you ve read it, you realise you ve changed your attitude to writing and reading John Simpson, formerly Chief Editor

Accidence Will Happen: A Recovering Pedant's Guide to English Language and Style

Are standards of English alright or should that be all right To knowingly split an infinitive or not to And what about ending a sentence with preposition, or for that matter beginning one with and n nWe learn language by instinct, but good English, the pedants tell us, requires rules Yet, as Oli

Last Night's Reading: Illustrated Encounters with Extraordinary Authors

Irresistible illustrations of authors and the charming, wise, and hilarious things they say at their readingsWhy do we go to book readings For a chance to see the authors we love come to life off the page, answering our questions and proving to be the brilliant, witty people we catch glimpses of th

A World Without "Whom": The Essential Guide to Language in the BuzzFeed Age

A World Without Whom is Eats, Shoots Leaves for the internet age, and BuzzFeed global copy chief Emmy Favilla is the witty go to style guru of webspeak n nAs language evolves faster than ever before, what is the future of correct writing When Favilla was tasked with creating a style guide for


A fun, playful, energetic story starring two stegosauruses and one stegothesaurus about family and synonyms for the young word lover in your home, residence, or abode n nStegothesaurus s love of language has always put him at odds with his stegosaurus brothers So when he makes a friend an alloth

The Plan

As a father and daughter cope with a loss, they rediscover an important piece of family history and begin building a new life Alison Paul and Barbara Lehman s innovative picture book collaboration proves the only difference between reality and a dream is a plan n n

The Prodigal Tongue: The Love-Hate Relationship Between American and British English

An American linguist teaching in England explores the sibling rivalry between British and American English English accents are the sexiest Americans have ruined the English language n nSuch claims about the English language are often repeated but rarely examined Professor Lynne Murphy is on

Words on the Move: Why English Won't—and Can't—Sit Still (Like, Literally)

A bestselling linguist takes us on a lively tour of how the English language is evolving before our eyes and why we should embrace this transformation and not fight it n nLanguage is always changing but we tend not to like it We understand that new words must be created for new things, but the

The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language

The Etymologicon springs from Mark Forsyth s Inky Fool blog on the strange connections between words It s an occasionally ribald, frequently witty and unerringly erudite guided tour of the secret labyrinth that lurks beneath the English language, taking in monks and monkeys, film buffs and buffaloe

The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary

The Professor and the Madman, masterfully researched and eloquently written, is an extraordinary tale of madness, genius, and the incredible obsessions of two remarkable men that led to the making of the Oxford English Dictionary and literary history The compilation of the OED, begun in 1857, wa