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    Shady Characters: Ampersands, Interrobangs and Other Typographical Curiosities (Hardback) By (author) Keith Houston

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    DescriptionKeith Houston's entertaining book, inspired by his popular blog shadycharacters.co.uk, tells the unexpected stories of some unusual, and familiar, typographical marks and reveals a fascinating history of writing. Every character we write or type is a link to the past, and in today's printed, electronic and scrawled handwriting their history stares right back at us. This book charts the lives of some of the most intriguing examples, like how the pilcrow went from its noble origins in ancient Greece to near obsolescence, only to be revived again in word processing software. Each character reflects the bust and boom endured by punctuation with each new technological innovation and together they form a rich history of written communication. "Engaging typographical journeys ...Houston brings to life a history of ingenuity and imagination". (The Times). "Entertaining, informative, a must-read. If ever a book deserved its hardbacked, reverse-embossed, lavishly illustrated, thick white heavy paper incarnation, and a place on an actual bookshelf, it is Shady Characters". (Guardian). "Houston brings considerable wit to the 5,000-year-old enigma of how we attempt to communicate our thoughts through visible signs ...Shady Characters might make you look at books - in print or online - in an entirely new way' Nature 'Refreshing ...the stories he uncovers along the way are fascinating". (Telegraph). "Ventures into the previously untrodden history of punctuation marks ...scholarly, highly readable". (Spectator). Keith Houston is the founder of ShadyCharacters.co.uk, where he writes about the unusual stories behind some well-known - and some rather more outlandish - marks of punctuation.


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    Title
    Shady Characters
    Subtitle
    Ampersands, Interrobangs and Other Typographical Curiosities
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Keith Houston
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 218 mm
    Thickness: 34 mm
    Weight: 680 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781846146473
    ISBN 10: 184614647X
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: LAN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.6
    BIC subject category V2: CFL
    BISAC V2.8: LAN000000
    BIC subject category V2: AKD
    BISAC V2.8: LAN001000, DES007050
    BIC subject category V2: CBX
    DC23: 411
    Thema V1.0: CBX, AKD, CFL
    Illustrations note
    illustrations (black and white)
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Particular Books
    Publication date
    26 September 2013
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Keith Houston started writing about the stories behind different marks of punctuation back in 2008 and soon discovered that they wove a fascinating trail across the parallel histories of language and typography. He is the founder of ShadyCharacters.co.uk where he brings these typographic raconteurs into the light of day.
    Review quote
    Superb -- Mark Forsyth author of The Etymologicon Entertaining, informative, a must-read. If ever a book deserved its hardbacked, reverse-embossed, lavishly illustrated, thick white heavy paper incarnation, and a place on an actual bookshelf, it is Shady Characters. Guardian Engaging typographical journeys ... Houston brings to life a history of ingenuity and imagination The Times Houston brings considerable wit to the 5,000-year-old enigma of how we attempt to communicate our thoughts through visible signs ... Shady Characters might make you look at books - in print or online - in an entirely new way Nature Shady Characters ventures into the previously untrodden history of punctuation marks ... scholarly, highly readable Spectator Refreshing ... the stories he uncovers along the way are fascinating Telegraph