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Nabokov's Favourite Word Is Mauve - The literary quirks and oddities of our most-loved authors (Paperback): Ben Blatt Nabokov's Favourite Word Is Mauve - The literary quirks and oddities of our most-loved authors (Paperback)
Ben Blatt 1
R229 R134 Discovery Miles 1 340 Save R95 (41%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

What are our favourite authors' words? Which bestselling writer uses the most cliches? How can we judge a book by its cover? Data meets literature in this playful and informative look at our favourite authors and their masterpieces. 'What fun this is! Ben Blatt's charming book applies numerical know-how to questions of literary style, teasing out insights about cliffhangers, adverbs' JORDAN ELLENBERG, author of How Not to Be Wrong 'Lively ... worthwhile ... Read this book thoughtfully. It's fun. And, I think, the shape of interesting things to come' The Times 'Fascinating ... the book had me humming with pleasure' The Sunday Times Nabokov's Favourite Word is Mauve is a playful look at what the numbers have to say about our favourite authors and their classic books. Journalist and statistician Ben Blatt asks the questions that have intrigued curious book lovers for generations: Does each writer have their own stylistic footprint? Do men and women write differently? What are the crutch words our best-loved authors fall back on? Spanning from Shakespeare and Jane Austen to fan fiction, JK Rowling and Stephen King, Blatt reveals the quirks and oddities of the world's greatest writers. This is a lighthearted, humorous book that uses numbers to inform our understanding of words to enlighten, to clarify, and, above all, to entertain.

Nabokov's Favourite Word Is Mauve - The literary quirks and oddities of our most-loved authors (Hardcover): Ben Blatt Nabokov's Favourite Word Is Mauve - The literary quirks and oddities of our most-loved authors (Hardcover)
Ben Blatt 1
R396 R250 Discovery Miles 2 500 Save R146 (37%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

What are our favourite authors' words? Which bestselling writer uses the most cliches? How can we judge a book by its cover? Data meets literature in this playful and informative look at our favourite authors and their masterpieces. 'What fun this is! Ben Blatt's charming book applies numerical know-how to questions of literary style, teasing out insights about cliffhangers, adverbs' JORDAN ELLENBERG, author of How Not to Be Wrong 'Lively ... worthwhile ... Read this book thoughtfully. It's fun. And, I think, the shape of interesting things to come' The Times 'Fascinating ... the book had me humming with pleasure' The Sunday Times Nabokov's Favourite Word is Mauve is a playful look at what the numbers have to say about our favourite authors and their classic books. Journalist and statistician Ben Blatt asks the questions that have intrigued curious book lovers for generations: Does each writer have their own stylistic footprint? Do men and women write differently? What are the crutch words our best-loved authors fall back on? Spanning from Shakespeare and Jane Austen to fan fiction, JK Rowling and Stephen King, Blatt reveals the quirks and oddities of the world's greatest writers. This is a lighthearted, humorous book that uses numbers to inform our understanding of words to enlighten, to clarify, and, above all, to entertain.

Nabokov's Favourite Word Is Mauve - The literary quirks and oddities of our most-loved authors (Paperback, Export): Ben... Nabokov's Favourite Word Is Mauve - The literary quirks and oddities of our most-loved authors (Paperback, Export)
Ben Blatt
R350 R222 Discovery Miles 2 220 Save R128 (37%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

'Read this book thoughtfully. It's fun. And, I think, the shape of some very interesting things to come.' John Sutherland, The Times Nabokov's Favourite Word is Mauve is a playful look at what the numbers have to say about our favourite authors and their classic books. Journalist and statistician Ben Blatt asks the questions that have intrigued curious book lovers for generations: Does each writer have their own stylistic footprint? Do men and women write differently? What are the crutch words our best-loved authors fall back on? Which writer is the most cliched? Spanning from Shakespeare and Jane Austen to fan fiction, JK Rowling and Stephen King, Blatt reveals the quirks and oddities of the world's greatest writers. This is a lighthearted, humorous book that uses numbers to inform our understanding of words to enlighten, to clarify, and, above all, to entertain.

Nabokov's Favorite Word Is Mauve - What the Numbers Reveal about the Classics, Bestsellers, and Our Own Writing... Nabokov's Favorite Word Is Mauve - What the Numbers Reveal about the Classics, Bestsellers, and Our Own Writing (Paperback)
Ben Blatt
R306 R247 Discovery Miles 2 470 Save R59 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Nabokov's Favorite Word Is Mauve - What the Numbers Reveal about the Classics, Bestsellers, and Our Own Writing... Nabokov's Favorite Word Is Mauve - What the Numbers Reveal about the Classics, Bestsellers, and Our Own Writing (Hardcover)
Ben Blatt
R459 R416 Discovery Miles 4 160 Save R43 (9%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
I Don't Care If We Never Get Back - 30 Games in 30 Days on the Best Worst Baseball Road Trip Ever (Paperback): Ben Blatt,... I Don't Care If We Never Get Back - 30 Games in 30 Days on the Best Worst Baseball Road Trip Ever (Paperback)
Ben Blatt, Eric Brewster
R300 R246 Discovery Miles 2 460 Save R54 (18%) Special order

Ben, a sports analytics wizard, loves baseball. Eric, his best friend, hates it. But when Ben writes an algorithm for the optimal baseball road trip--an impossible dream of seeing every pitch of 30 games in 30 stadiums in 30 days--who will he call on to take shifts behind the wheel, especially when those shifts include nineteen hours straight from Phoenix to Kansas City? Eric, of course. Will Eric regret it? Most definitely. On June 1, 2013, Ben and Eric set out to see America through the bleachers and concession stands of America's favorite pastime. Along the way, human error and Mother Nature throw their mathematically optimized schedule a few curveballs. A mix-up in Denver turns a planned day off in Las Vegas into a twenty-hour drive, and a summer storm of biblical proportions threatens to make the whole thing logistically impossible, if they don't kill each other first. I Don't Care If We Never Get Back is a charming, insightful, and hilarious book about the limits of fandom and the limitlessness of friendship.

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