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Well organised, erudite and readable,
This review is from: Wordsmiths and Warriors: The English-Language Tourist's Guide to Britain (Hardcover)
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David Crystal is a most prolific writer. As such one gets the impression that he did not need to do a huge amount of research for this book. His structure is chronological rather than geographical order which works fine if you can keep your head from spinning. Each little chapter starts with a bit of a chat about his experience of getting there and what he found when he got there. This can be humorous and somewhat interesting and then he gets on to the history bit and how the history of that place affected the development of English. That is where it all comes alive.
There are lots of wonderful facts and factoids to delight the linguistically enamoured and those who love history's quirks.
There are great quotes from the works he is on about and good photos too. He leaves you wanting more and tells you where to find it in very sensible references and directions. I did not get the impression he stayed long in these places. Sounded like about half an hour on Holy Island with the seals' song giving him the willies and him fretting about missing the tide. I am saying "he" but of course Hilary, his wife is co author and fellow traveller.