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We Are Not Amused
Victorian Views on Pronunciation as Told in the Pages of "Punch"
Pronunciation governs our regional and social identity more powerfully than any other aspect of spoken language. No wonder, then, that it has attracted most attention from satirists. In this intriguing book, David Crystal shows how our feelings about...
A Dying Art
Epitaphs are a unique artform. In previous centuries they were regarded as an opportunity to celebrate, mourn, reflect on, philosophize, lament, or affirm the individual and the mystery of life and death, often giving rise to carefully crafted verse....
Famous Last Words
Who said "I should have drunk more champagne"? Did Nelson really utter "Kiss me Hardy" from his deathbed? Which statesman was, at the end, "bored with it all"? Which king begged, "Let not poor Nelly starve..."
An extraordinary number of deathbed say...
What Have Plants Ever Done for Us?
Western Civilization in Fifty Plants
When did the British Government become the world's largest drugs pusher? What tree is frequently used to treat cancer? Which everyday condiment is the most widely traded spice on the planet?
Plants are an indispensable part of our everyday life. Fro...
How to Be a Good Parent
"To keep children clean is something that should never be attempted. It cannot be done".
"The mere provision of the vegetable is not sufficient; it must be actually eaten".
"If there is room enough for somersaults, the child can be satisfied".
Book Lovers' Anthology
A Compendium of Writing about Books, Readers and Libraries
ISBN: PB: 9781851242481,
ISBN: HB: 9781851244188,
Bodleian Library Publishing
15.6x23.4 cm, 15 black&white illus.
"A blessed companion is a book – a book that, fitly chosen, is a life-long friend", wrote Douglas William Jerrold, over a hundred years ago. Major writers through the centuries have turned their minds to the subject of books, often with humour, somet...
Food Lovers' Anthology
A Literary Compendium
"There is no love sincerer than the love of food" wrote George Bernard Shaw in 1903. Poets, novelists, chefs and gourmands before and after him would seem to agree. Collected in this anthology is a mouth-watering selection of excerpts on the subject...
Conspiracy of Ravens
A Compendium of Collective Nouns for Birds
"A murder of crows", "a charm of goldfinches", "an ostentation of peacocks": collective nouns for British birds have existed since at least the mid fifteenth century. They are thought to originate in texts about hunting, but have since evolved into e...
Art of Good Manners
In taking soup do not gurgle or make throat noises. Speak well of others or not at all is a good rule. "The Art of Good Manners" covers such topics as table manners, pronunciation, introductions, conversation, courtship and children's behaviour. It g...
Art of Letter Writing
"The Art of Letter Writing" gives over fifty examples of the perfect letter for any occasion. Unsure how to break off an engagement, accept an invitation to a country house weekend, complain about a courier or write to a countess? This book contains...