The world's best-known authority on the English language reveals the secrets and subtleties of its grammar
David Crystal is Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor. His many books range from clinical linguistics to the liturgy and Shakespeare. He is the author of The Story of English in 100 Words, Spell It Out: The Singular History of English Spelling, and Making a Point: The Pernickety History of English Punctuation, all published by Profile. His Stories of English is a Penguin Classic.
A surprisingly entertaining historical and scholarly tour ... masterly ... one could not have a more genial guide -- Peter Sokolowski * New York Times Book Review * Refreshing and briskly written ... Crystal shows that grammar is not nearly as tedious as it can seem. * Sunday Times * Previous praise for David Crystal: Crystal's book is full of distractions and delights. * Daily Express * If the history of language is a sort of labyrinth, David Crystal is an excellent guide * The Age, Australia * Delicious revelations ... Crystal does an excellent job, not just of tracing the etymology of a word, but of relating it to social history, painting a picture of our times through words * Independent on Sunday * An engaging account of the history and structure of our language. Crystal is a prolific author with a talent for describing the sometimes arcane and obscure recesses of grammatical history in a fresh and accessible way. -- Rose Wild * Times *