Mother Tongue : Popular Penguins
Bill Bryson's Mother Tongue is a hymn to the English
language. In examining how a second-rate, mongrel tongue came to be the
undisputed language of the globe. Bryson explores English from America
to Australia and looks at, among other things, swearing, spelling,
spoonerisms and Scrabble. No self-respecting English speaker should
open his mouth without reading it.
About The Author
Bill Bryson was born in 1951 in Des Moines, Iowa, and grew up there, but spent most of his adult life in Britain. He worked for the Bournemouth Evening Echo, Financial Weekly and The Times, and was one of the founding journalists on the Independent. His books include Mother Tongue and Troublesome Words (revised edition, 2001), both published by Penguin, and the travel books The Lost Continent, Neither Here Nor There, Notes from a Small Island, A Walk in the Woods, Notes from a Big Country and Down Under. He now lives in the United States with his wife and four children.
Series: Popular Penguins
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st September 2008
Dimensions (cm): 18.1 x 11.3
Weight (kg): 18.1
Bill Bryson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951. Settled in England for many years, he moved to America with his wife and four children for a few years ,but has since returned to live in the UK. His bestselling travel books include The Lost Continent, Notes From A Small Island, A Walk In The Woods and Down Under. His acclaimed work of popular science, A Short History Of Nearly Everything, won the Aventis Prize and the Descartes Prize, and was the biggest selling non-fiction book of the decade in the UK.