Sounded good - was better,
This review is from: Wordsmiths and Warriors: The English-Language Tourist's Guide to Britain (Hardcover)
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Well, I love language books. While I'm here, can I recommend ... no, I can't, sorry. And I rate David Crystal very highly. Maybe it's a misapprehension, but I got the impression over the course of studying English language that he's one of the key communicators in this area. The Stories of English is an outstanding book on the development of the English language, as long as you can deal with the tiny writing. The Story of English in 100 Words covered similar ground in a format recognisable to the Radio 4 audience who made the "100 Objects" series into a classic. So that was enough to get me interested.
What David and Hilary have done in this book is explore some of the same ground in a different way. They have travelled the country, exploring the locations that were associated for many reasons with the development of the language - thus tying together English, history and geography. I'm engaged by any interdisciplinary approaches to things, so another catch for me. And, rather than this being an isolated and abstract book, readers are given directions to the places. You can find out about Isaac Pitman's Bath - the Peterborough of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Shakespeare's London ....
The historical notes are accompanied by travelogue type entries and photographs, and the writing is fluid and easygoing. This is an outstanding book - an ideal present for anybody who is interested in exploring and in the English language, very easy to dip into, but also very informative to read as a whole. Strongly recommended.