Publication Date: 05/11/2020 ISBN: 9781783352180 Category:

The Language Lover’s Puzzle Book

Alex Bellos

Publisher: Guardian Faber Publishing
Publication Date: 05/11/2020 ISBN: 9781783352180 Category:
Paperback / Softback

£14.99

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From the bestselling author of Alex’s Adventures in Numberland and Can You Solve My Problems? comes a fascinating, hugely entertaining collection of puzzles for crossword addicts and language-lovers of all stripes.

‘The only puzzle book I’ve seen that manages to befuddle both sides of the brain at the same time.’
DARA O BRIAIN

‘Such fun, full of unexpected ideas and charmingly written.’
TIM HARFORD

The Language Lover’s Puzzle Book is a book of more than 100 surprising and entertaining puzzles that celebrate the amazing diversity of the world of words and language.

Featuring a huge variety of ancient, modern and even invented languages, this collection of problems will introduce you to unusual alphabets and scripts, curious vocabularies and phonologies, and global variations in simple behaviours like counting, telling the time, and naming children.

Whether you are a crossword solver, a code-breaker or a Scrabble addict, these puzzles are guaranteed to twist your tongue and sharpen your mind.

‘The Language Lover’s Puzzle Book is exactly the sort of book I wish had been available to me as a budding linguist. I recommend it for all the language and puzzle fans in your life!’
GRETCHEN McCULLOCH, New York Times-bestselling author

‘A cornucopia of ingenious and insightful challenges.’
DAVID CRYSTAL

‘This compendium of puzzles is a great idea.’
MICHAEL ROSEN

‘If you love a puzzle – and you love language – you’ll love what Alex Bellos has done here.’
GYLES BRANDRETH

‘Tantalisting.’
THE ECONOMIST

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