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Why Do Languages Change?
Why Do Languages Change?
by Larry Trask
Edition: Paperback
Price: 17.97

5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent read, 30 April 2012
an excellent informative read, and wonderfully entertaining. The posthumous revision is a marvellous tribute to its author, the wonderful Larry Trask


The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: or the Murder at Road Hill House
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: or the Murder at Road Hill House
by Kate Summerscale
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ticks all the boxes, 27 April 2012
I was expecting this to be an entertaining piece of historical crime fiction. It's certainly that, and it delivers in spades. But it's far more than that. It's no less than a reconstruction of how the crime novel in English - and in particular the idea of the 'great detective' - was born. Although it's a real-life case study, it reads very like a harrowing thriller. Best thing I've read in a long time.


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