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With dazzling wit and astonishing insight, Bill Bryson—the acclaimed author of The Lost Continent—brilliantly explores the remarkable history, eccentricities, resilience and sheer fun of the English language. From the first descent of the larynx into the throat (why you can talk but your dog can’t), to the fine lost art of swearing, Bryson tells the fascinating, often uproarious story of an inadequate, second-rate tongue of peasants that developed into one of the world’s largest growth…


The Mother Tongue

ISBN 10 : 9780062417442
ISBN 13 : 0062417444

With dazzling wit and astonishing insight, Bill Bryson—the acclaimed author of The Lost Continent—brilliantly explores the remarkable history, eccentricities, resilience and sh..


Mother Tongue

ISBN 10 : 0141040084
ISBN 13 : 9780141040080

The author of the acclaimed The Lost Continent now steers us through the quirks and byways of the English language. We learn why island, freight, and colonel are spelled in such un..


The Mother Tongue

ISBN 10 : 0688078958
ISBN 13 : 9780688078959

A history of the English language written in a non-technical manner for a general audience. Bryson begins with language's Neanderthal origins and goes on the describe the key peopl..


Made In America

ISBN 10 : 9781784161866
ISBN 13 : 1784161861

'Funny, wise, learned and compulsive' - GQ Bill Bryson turns away from travelling the highways and byways of middle America, so hilariously depicted in his bestselling The Lost Con..


Notes From A Small Island

ISBN 10 : 9780062417435
ISBN 13 : 0062417436

Before New York Times bestselling author Bill Bryson wrote The Road to Little Dribbling, he took this delightfully irreverent jaunt around the unparalleled floating nation of Great..


The Story Of English

ISBN 10 : 0571275087
ISBN 13 : 9780571275083

From the author of Globish, a new edition of the acclaimed history of the English language...


Neither Here Nor There

ISBN 10 : 9780062417428
ISBN 13 : 0062417428

In the early seventies, Bill Bryson backpacked across Europe—in search of enlightenment, beer, and women. He was accompanied by an unforgettable sidekick named Stephen Katz (who ..