Beyond Words: How Language Reveals the Way We Live Now

Beyond Words: How Language Reveals the Way We Live Now

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By (author) John Humphrys

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  • Publisher: Hodder Paperback
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 18mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 7 June 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0340923768
  • ISBN 13: 9780340923764
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 276,711

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From the huge response to Lost for Words, it's clear that many of us share John's strong feelings about the use and misuse of the English language. Not because we want to split hairs (or infinitives) but because how we use words reveals so much about the way we see the world. Here John takes a sharp look at phrases and expressions in current use to expose the often hidden attitudes that lie behind them - from the schoolroom to the boardroom, from Westminster to the weather forecast. Questioning our assumptions, puncturing our illusions and illuminating the way we live now, Beyond Words is a small book that speaks volumes.

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Author information

In a broadcasting career spanning forty years John Humphrys is best known for presenting Radio 4's Today programme and BBC television's Mastermind. He has won a string of national awards and been described as a 'national treasure'. He owned a dairy farm for ten years and has homes in Wales and London.

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'Wonderfully spirited.' Daily Mail 'Very amusing... managing to combine mellow wisdom with an endearing rattiness. Beyond Words is among the best books of a new bloodline of non-fiction that dissects modern ails from a position of dismay or bafflement.' The Herald 'He talks a lot of (well-punctuated) sense.' londonpaper [Praise for Lost for Words] 'Humphrys is passionate about language - and very funny too' Rod Liddle 'an exquisite sensitivity to the misuse of the English language' The Sunday Times 'for all those who care about the English language' Ann Widdecombe, New Statesman