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What's in a Surname?: A Journey from Abercrombie to Zwicker by [McKie, David]

What's in a Surname?: A Journey from Abercrombie to Zwicker Kindle Edition

3.8 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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"David McKie's incredibly detailed research and his diamond-sharp prose make this book a delight, full of wisdom and fun." (Simon Hoggart)

"We are all slaves to our surnames. There is no escape from them. Be they grand or humble, David McKie sees behind every one a trail of genealogy and history, wealth and poverty, celebrity and shame. Names are the nation's most secretive record, our island still in code. It is brilliantly revealed in this book." (Simon Jenkins)

"Endlessly entertaining ... [McKie] buzzes like a bee from source to source, collecting all the sweetest things." (Craig Brown, The Mail on Sunday)

"[A] delightful book ... [McKie] remains throughout both a beguiling and erudite guide." (Andrew Holgate, The Sunday Times)

"A book of great zest and interest ... wonderful eruptions of bare lists of strange or silly names, beguiling anecdotes, and interesting titbits ... McKie has a whimsical cast of mind and a fine sense of humour." (Sam Leith, The Guardian)

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A brilliant journey through the nation's surnames

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2280 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (29 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CQ1DL7K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #444,441 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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