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on 5 October 2011
"Spellbound" is a very interesting read indeed. For lovers of the English language and its history, you will be intrigued. The focus is, of course, on its quirky and inconsistent spelling, explaining why. The book is easy to read, not technical or condescending. It is chatty and humorous at times.

The waves of influence creating modern English are discussed, namely the founders of English (the Anglo-Saxons themselves), the Vikings, the Norman Invaders of 1066 and later medieval Latinists. They all left their footprint on our words and how we spell.

A fascinating story of our language via its spelling.
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