The inimitable Mr Gwynne's ULTIMATE guide to Latin - for its own sake, to improve your English, and to make you better at everything else
Mr Gwynne is the much loved and passionate educator who is on a crusade. He believes in old-fashioned values, that the modern school system is hopeless - and that keen and close study is the only way to become an enlightened and better person. Now living in County Wexford, Ireland, and in his 70s, N M Gwynne was formerly a successful businessman in London and Australia. On retirement in the 1980s, he took up teaching and soon found that his traditional methods, universal up to the 1960s and refined and perfected century after century up till then, had become all but unique. Subjects he has been teaching - in classrooms, in lecture halls, and nowadays mostly privately - include English, Latin, Greek, French, German, mathematics, history, classical philosophy, natural medicine, the elements of music, and "How to start up and run your own business". He has taught all over the world and thanks to the internet and Skype, he has sometimes found himself, at different times in a single day, teaching as far apart as India, Europe and western USA.
Over the last decade, there has been a minor Latin revival, but
it is a watered-down version of the language that has been revived.
Rigorous Latin lessons are as dead as can be, except in a handful
of grammar schools and private schools. So N.M. Gwynne is entering
upon virgin territory with this timely guide to learning Latin
properly. A former businessman and now a Latin tutor, he had a
smash hit last year with Gwynne's Grammar , a rigorous guide to
English grammar. Now he's applied the same winning formula to the
most influential language of them all -- The Spectator * The
This little book makes a great case for learning Latin, not least because of the countless Latin words and phrases in our daily English -- The Independent on Sunday * The Independent on Sunday *