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This is an auction for BY HOOK OR BY CROOK: A JOURNEY IN SEARCH OF ENGLISH by David Crystal.

“Crystal has been dubbed a latter-day Samuel Johnson, and with good reason, as evidenced by the long list of academic studies penned by the distinguished linguist, among them, How Language Works (2006). However, it is Professor Henry Higgins, popularized on stage and screen, that he most often cites in this delightful book, which is part travelogue, part memoir, and part meditation on the intellectual and emotional underpinnings of language. Hired to work on a BBC project celebrating the range of present-day British English accents and dialects, he took off for a series of ports of call throughout Wales and other parts of the UK. His encounters with the locals, described with dry humour and an eye for the entertaining detail, are often priceless. So it is that he ends up in a discussion with a farmer on the difference in bleats between Scottish and Welsh sheep, or is greeted with pity by shopkeepers in Portmeirion, the location for the 1960s cult TV programme The Prisoner, when he can’t resist parroting phrases from the show. What is most seductive about Crystal’s narrative, though, is the fascinating glimpse it provides into the quicksilver mind of a man who is so knowledgeable and yet still so curious about our mercurial language.”
- a *** starred *** review in Booklist (US)

Very favourable reviews on

Large format (trade) paperback 2007.

314 pages.

Photographs and other illustrations throughout.

Very good condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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