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Mark Forsyth - Author

About the Author

Mark Forsyth is a writer, journalist, proofreader, ghostwriter and pedant. He was given a copy of the Oxford English Dictionary as a christening present and has never looked back. In 2009 he started the Inky Fool blog, in order to share his heaps of use-less information with a verbose world. He is also the author of the Sunday Times Number One bestseller The Etymologicon, and its successful sister volume, The Horologicon, both published by Icon Books.

Featured books by Mark Forsyth

A Christmas Cornucopia The Hidden Stories Behind Our Yuletide Traditions

A Christmas Cornucopia The Hidden Stories Behind Our Yuletide Traditions

Author: Mark Forsyth Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/11/2016

The unpredictable origins and etymologies of our cracking Christmas customs. We don't know that the date we celebrate was chosen by a madman, or that Christmas, etymologically speaking, means 'Go away, Christ'. Nor do we know that Christmas was first celebrated in 243 AD on 28 March - and only moved to 25 December in 354 AD. We're oblivious to the fact that the advent calendar was actually invented by a Munich housewife to stop her children pestering her for a Christmas countdown. And we would never have guessed that the invention of crackers was merely a way of popularizing sweet wrappers.

Mark Forsyth's Gemel Edition A Box Set Containing the Etymologicon and the Horologicon

Mark Forsyth's Gemel Edition A Box Set Containing the Etymologicon and the Horologicon

Author: Mark Forsyth Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2012

The Etymologicon springs from Mark Forsyth's Inky Fool blog about the strange connections between words. The Horologicon - which means 'a book of things appropriate to each hour' - follows a day in the life of unusual, beautiful and forgotten English words.

Other books by Mark Forsyth

A Short History of Drunkenness

A Short History of Drunkenness

Author: Mark Forsyth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2018

A comic history of humankind's love affair with booze, from the Sunday Times No. 1 bestselling author of The Etymologicon 'Haha! . . . Highly suitable for Xmas!' - Margaret Atwood Almost every culture on earth has drink, and where there's drink there's drunkenness. But in every age and in every place drunkenness is a little bit different. It can be religious, it can be sexual, it can be the duty of kings or the relief of peasants. It can be an offering to the ancestors, or a way of marking the end of a day's work. It can send you to sleep, or send you into battle. A Short History of Drunkenness traces humankind's love affair with booze from our primate ancestors through to Prohibition, answering every possible question along the way: What did people drink? How much? Who did the drinking? Of the many possible reasons, why? On the way, learn about the Neolithic Shamans, who drank to communicate with the spirit world (no pun intended), marvel at how Greeks got giddy and Romans got rat-arsed, and find out how bars in the Wild West were never quite like in the movies. This is a history of the world at its inebriated best.

A Short History of Drunkenness

A Short History of Drunkenness

Author: Mark Forsyth Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/11/2017

By the author of the Sunday Times no. 1 bestseller The Etymologicon Almost every culture on earth has drink, and where there's drink there's drunkenness. But in every age and in every place drunkenness is a little bit different. It can be religious, it can be sexual, it can be the duty of kings or the relief of peasants. It can be an offering to the ancestors, or a way of marking the end of a day's work. It can send you to sleep, or send you into battle. A Short History of Drunkenness traces humankind's love affair with booze from our primate ancestors through to Prohibition, answering every possible question along the way: What did people drink? How much? Who did the drinking? Of the many possible reasons, why? On the way, learn about the Neolithic Shamans, who drank to communicate with the spirit world (no pun intended), marvel at how Greeks got giddy and Romans got rat-arsed, and find out how bars in the Wild West were never quite like in the movies. This is a history of the world at its inebriated best.

Short History of Drunkenness

Short History of Drunkenness

Author: Mark Forsyth Format: eBook Release Date: 02/11/2017

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of A Short History of Drunkenness by Mark Forsyth, read by Sh*tfaced Shakespeares Richard Hughes. Almost every culture on earth has drink, and where theres drink theres drunkenness. But in every age and in every place drunkenness is a little bit different. It can be religious, it can be sexual, it can be the duty of kings or the relief of peasants. It can be an offering to the ancestors, or a way of marking the end of a days work. It can send you to sleep, or send you into battle. A Short History of Drunkenness traces humankinds love affair with booze from our primate ancestors through to Prohibition, answering every possible question along the way: What did people drink? How much? Who did the drinking? Of the many possible reasons, why? On the way, learn about the Neolithic Shamans, who drank to communicate with the spirit world (no pun intended), marvel at how Greeks got giddy and Romans got rat-arsed, and find out how bars in the Wild West were never quite like in the movies. This is a history of the world at its inebriated best.

The Horologicon A Day's Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language

The Horologicon A Day's Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language

Author: Mark Forsyth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2016

FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER THE ETYMOLOGICON Mark Forsyth presents a delightfully eccentric day in the life of unusual, beautiful and forgotten English words. From uhtceare in the hours before dawn through to dream drumbles at bedtime, The Horologicon gives you the extraordinary lost words you never knew you needed. Wake up feeling rough? Then you're philogrobolized. Pretending to work? That's fudgelling (which may lead to rizzling if you feel sleepy after lunch). A Radio 4 Book of the Week, The Horologicon is an eye-opening, page-turning celebration of the English language at its most endearingly arcane. `Reading The Horologicon in one sitting is very tempting' Roland White, Sunday Times

A Christmas Cornucopia The Hidden Stories Behind Our Yuletide Traditions

A Christmas Cornucopia The Hidden Stories Behind Our Yuletide Traditions

Author: Mark Forsyth Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/11/2016

The unpredictable origins and etymologies of our cracking Christmas customs. We don't know that the date we celebrate was chosen by a madman, or that Christmas, etymologically speaking, means 'Go away, Christ'. Nor do we know that Christmas was first celebrated in 243 AD on 28 March - and only moved to 25 December in 354 AD. We're oblivious to the fact that the advent calendar was actually invented by a Munich housewife to stop her children pestering her for a Christmas countdown. And we would never have guessed that the invention of crackers was merely a way of popularizing sweet wrappers.

Mark Forsyth's Ternion Set A beautiful box set containing The Etymologicon, The Horologicon and The Elements of Eloquence in hardback

Mark Forsyth's Ternion Set A beautiful box set containing The Etymologicon, The Horologicon and The Elements of Eloquence in hardback

Author: Mark Forsyth Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/11/2014

'Kudos should go to Mr Forsyth ... Clearly a man who knows his onions.' Daily Telegraph 'Forsyth takes words and draws us into their, and our murky history.' Evening Standard In one gifty box set for the very first time, the hardback editions of Mark Forsyth's three witty and erudite books on the wonders of the English language. In The Elements of Eloquence Mark Forsyth explores writing style and rhetoric, divulging tricks used by the Ancient Greeks to Katy Perry, demonstrating that certain phrases - like 'Bond, James Bond' - are effective because it's not what you say, but how you say it. The Horologicon is an unusual book on weird words for familiar situations, from ante-jentacular to snudge, arranged according to the hour of the day when you really need them. And the Sunday Times Number One bestseller, The Etymologicon, is a book on the strange connections between words, taking in monks and monkeys, film buffs and buffaloes, and explaining precisely what the Rolling Stones have to do with gardening.

The Unknown Unknown Bookshops and the delight of not getting what you wanted

The Unknown Unknown Bookshops and the delight of not getting what you wanted

Author: Mark Forsyth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2014

Mark Forsyth - author of the Sunday Times Number One bestseller The Etymologicon - reveals in this essay, specially commissioned for Independent Booksellers Week, the most valuable thing about a really good bookshop. Along the way he considers the wisdom of Donald Rumsfeld, naughty French photographs, why Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy would never have met online, and why only a bookshop can give you that precious thing - what you never knew you were looking for.

Mark Forsyth's Gemel Edition A Box Set Containing the Etymologicon and the Horologicon

Mark Forsyth's Gemel Edition A Box Set Containing the Etymologicon and the Horologicon

Author: Mark Forsyth Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2012

The Etymologicon springs from Mark Forsyth's Inky Fool blog about the strange connections between words. The Horologicon - which means 'a book of things appropriate to each hour' - follows a day in the life of unusual, beautiful and forgotten English words.

The Horologicon A Day's Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language

The Horologicon A Day's Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language

Author: Mark Forsyth Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2012

The Horologicon (or book of hours) gives you the most extraordinary words in the English language, arranged according to the hour of the day when you really need them. Do you wake up feeling rough? Then you're philogrobolized. Pretending to work? That's fudgelling, which may lead to rizzling if you feel sleepy after lunch, though by dinner time you will have become a sparkling deipnosophist. From Mark Forsyth, author of the bestselling The Etymologicon, this is a book of weird words for familiar situations. From ante-jentacular to snudge by way of quafftide and wamblecropt, at last you can say, with utter accuracy, exactly what you mean.