What's in a name? Rather more than you might at first suspect, for names are steeped in history and myth and have much to tell us about our past, our beliefs - even our personality traits. Now fully updated for its second edition, with 150 new entries, The Penguin Dictionary of First Names takes a close look at over 5,000 examples, ranging from the familiar to the comparatively obscure, drawn from all parts of the English-speaking world. Detailed and informative, it is essential reading for expectant parents and for anyone who is intrigued by the story attached to each name.
Described as 'the maven of reference book writers', David Pickering has written, contributed to, edited, or ghosted over 250 reference books for major British and American publishers. His works on history, folklore, language, theatre, and other subjects have won many fans and have led to numerous appearances in television and radio studios over the years. The enduringly popular dictionaries of Witchcraft and Superstitions are now available here as ebooks for the first time.
An experienced editor of fiction and autobiography as well as reference books, he has also published several works of fiction. His epic debut novel 'And Stones Shall Dance' was begun at Oxford in the 1970s and was finally published, after development on youwriteon.com, in 2012. 'Things Lost and Other Short Stories' and 'Things Undreamt Of' comprise collections of his shorter fiction. Other titles include a series of classic short story anthologies featuring tales by some of the greatest names in world literature.