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Does not supersede the BBC Pronouncing Dictionary of British Names
on 13 October 2008
This is a useful book in its own way, including lots of names and other words which even native speakers have problems with and giving acceptable English pronunciations of foreign names. However it only includes a fraction of the British names to be found in the old BBC Pronouncing Dictionary of British Names (which urgently needs to be reissued, preferably in updated edition). Also, for foreign names as a rule the authentic foreign pronunciations are not given.
PS 2013: Some years ago I rated this with 4 stars and the above review. I have since become more disappointed with it. It is far too small to be really useful. Also, it concentrates quite strongly on up-to-date names, which are by now no longer up-to-date. One shocking mistake: For the actor Romola Garai a pronunciation stressing the second syllable of each part of her name is given; however, her Wikipedia page gives a pronunciation stressing the first syllable of each part, with a footnote linking to a YouTube clip in which she herself says "Hi, I'm Romola Garai" using precisely this pronunciation. In this case Wikipedia is demonstrably right and Oxford/BBC is wrong.