The Dictionary of Lost Words

The Dictionary of Lost Words : A REESE WITHERSPOON BOOK CLUB PICK

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A moving and immersive debut: when a team of scholars compiles the first Oxford English Dictionary, one of their daughters starts a parallel book containing all the "objectionable" words the men choose to omit.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 31mm | 521g
  • Chatto & Windus
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1784743879
  • 9781784743871
  • 80,069

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I absolutely loved this book! Thought-provoking, touching and subtly romantic; I finished it in tears
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A brilliant book about women and words - tender, moving and profound -- Jacqueline Wilson An extraordinary, charming novel... Williams pins a whole, rich life to the page * The Times * Poignant, perfectly paced... a beautifully nuanced work -- Eithne Farry * Mail on Sunday * I absolutely loved this book! Thought-provoking, touching and subtly romantic; I finished it in tears -- Katie Fforde Williams's satisfying novel animates a fascinating history and imbues it with a feminist slant, asking how words mean different things to men and women -- Patricia Nicol * Sunday Times *
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About Pip Williams

Pip Williams was born in London, grew up in Sydney and now calls the Adelaide Hills home. She is the author of the much-loved memoir One Italian Summer and the national number one bestseller, The Dictionary of Lost Words, which was shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize 2021. Pip has also published travel articles, book reviews, flash fiction and poetry.
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