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Beyond Words by John Humphrys


Beyond Words by John Humphrys

'Wonderfully spirited' DAILY MAILThe follow-up to the Sunday Times Top 10 bestseller Lost for Words, from Today presenter and national treasure John Humphrys.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.


'for all those who care about the English language' * Ann Widdecombe, New Statesman * 'an exquisite sensitivity to the misuse of the English language' * The Sunday Times * [Praise for Lost for Words]'Humphrys is passionate about language - and very funny too' * Rod Liddle * 'He talks a lot of (well-punctuated) sense.' * londonpaper * '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 * 'Wonderfully spirited.' * Daily Mail *'

About the Author

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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Publication date

7th June 2007


John Humphrys

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Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division


256 pages


Dialect, slang & jargon



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