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Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story Hardcover – 7 Nov 2013

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray (7 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848548869
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848548862
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 4.1 x 22.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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[Michael Rosen's] beguiling journey through the alphabet will entrance anyone interested in the quirks of language and its history . . . Rosen has written a charming and thought-provoking book about what written language represents, how we use it, and the joys and mysteries therein. His humor and obvious love for his subject are winning elements (Publishers Weekly)

This is a fascinating read and great gift for Christmas (Bookseller)

Enjoyable history of the alphabet (The Times)

Substantial and engaging (Guardian)

Forget party crackers - when you settle down to the turkey and trimmings this year simply make sure you have this book to hand. There's even a chapter devoted to family friendly alphabet games: perfect for playing after the Queen's been on. That letters can and should be fun, not just functional, is one of the main messages of this book (Sunday Telegraph)

The perfect book for anyone who relishes the intricacies of language and letters . . . [Rosen] reveals a gift for seamlessly meshing hard information, personal anecdote, jokes and puzzles with educational, cultural and linguistic questions and wry, pointed, observations . . . There are delights in this book for all ages (Australian)

[Michael Rosen] gives each letter a neat CV . . . enjoyable (The Times)

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From Alphabets to Zipcodes, the surprising story of our 26 letters from million-selling author and Radio 4 language expert, Michael Rosen.

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