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Sleep of Death (Paperback, Digital original): Philip Gooden Sleep of Death (Paperback, Digital original)
Philip Gooden 1
R258 R212 Discovery Miles 2 120 Save R46 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Highly entertaining' Sunday Times In the last decade of Elizabeth I's reign, Nick Revill, an aspiring young actor, comes to London seeking fame and fortune. Once there he gains employment with the Chamberlain's Men. Thrown out of his digs over an unfortunate accident, Nick is offered lodgings at a wealthy Thameside mansion by a black-clad youth whose father has just died and whose mother has remarried his uncle. Pondering on the similarities between the young man's story and William Shakespeare's newest tragedy, Hamlet, Nick is charged with the task of finding out whether foul play was involved in the death of the old man and hasty remarriage of his young, lusty wife. As Nick works his way ever closer to the truth, the finger of suspicion begins to point to his enigmatic employer Mr William Shakespeare - actor, author and shareholder in the Chamberlain's Men . . . Praise for Philip Gooden: 'The witty narrative, laced with puns and word play so popular in this period, makes this an enjoyable racy tale' Sunday Telegraph 'The book has much in common with the film Shakespeare in Love - full of colourful characters . . . but the book has an underlying darkness' Crime Time 'Historical mystery fans are in for a treat' Publishers Weekly

Death of Kings (Paperback, Digital original): Philip Gooden Death of Kings (Paperback, Digital original)
Philip Gooden
R258 R212 Discovery Miles 2 120 Save R46 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Highly entertaining' Sunday Times Elizabeth I is nearing the end of her reign with no direct heir and plots and rumours of rebellion abound. The Queen's former favourite, the Earl of Essex, appears to be eager to protect the throne, but some believe he intends to seize it. In the world of the theatre, the Chamberlain's Men are approached by a member of Essex's inner circle. He offers them money to put on a special performance of Shakespeare's "Richard II" - the treasonous drama of monarchy deposed and murdered. And player Nick Revill finds himself forced to act as a government spy and keep watch on his own company. But then the murders start. Praise for Philip Gooden 'The witty narrative, laced with puns and word play so popular in this period, makes this an enjoyable racy tale' Sunday Telegraph 'The book has much in common with the film Shakespeare in Love - full of colourful characters . . . but the book has an underlying darkness' Crime Time 'Welcome to Elizabethan England where... Gooden will give you a gratifying taste of the danger and excitement of that lusty place and time' Publishers Weekly

The Pale Companion (Paperback, Digital original): Philip Gooden The Pale Companion (Paperback, Digital original)
Philip Gooden
R255 R209 Discovery Miles 2 090 Save R46 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Third in the entertaining adventures of Shakespearean actor and sleuth, Nick Revill. It is midsummer in the year 1601. Nick Revill and his fellow actors of the company known as the Chamberlain's Men are journeying across the Wiltshire Downs for a country-house presentation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. It should be a pleasant well-paid jaunt to celebrate a noble marriage, but instead the players find themselves in the midst of a tense family atmosphere, somehow linked to the presence of the household's sinister steward. Very soon Nick finds that the Dream has turned into a nightmare, where murder appears commonplace, and before too long he must fight to save his own life against the ancient backdrop of Stonehenge...

Bad Words - And What They Say About Us (Hardcover): Philip Gooden Bad Words - And What They Say About Us (Hardcover)
Philip Gooden 1
R355 R284 Discovery Miles 2 840 Save R71 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Once upon a time, the worst words you could utter were short, simple and tended to be four letters in length. Now things are more complicated. To be insulted as a 'snowflake' or an 'expert' is arguably worse than being called a **** or a **** or even a ****. So what are today's 'bad words' and how are they different from yesterday's taboo expressions? This entertaining guide to the shifting sands of bad language is indispensable in an increasingly divided world in which abuse becomes ever more widespread and vituperative. Philip Gooden shows how and why taboo words and contentious expressions, including those four-letter ones, were first used in English. He discusses the ways such words have changed over the years and explores how a single syllable or two may possess an almost magical power to offend, distress or infuriate. Bad Words investigates the most controversial and provocative words in the English language in a way that is both anecdotal and analytical. Combining intrigue and scandal, the book delves into expressions connected to religion, ethnicity, nationality, politics, swearing and oaths, and includes contemporary issues like political correctness and elitism.

Faux Pas? - A No-nonsense Guide to Foreign Words and Phrases in Everyday Language (Paperback): Philip Gooden Faux Pas? - A No-nonsense Guide to Foreign Words and Phrases in Everyday Language (Paperback)
Philip Gooden
R334 R289 Discovery Miles 2 890 Save R45 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Winner of the HRH Duke of Edinburgh English Speaking Union English Language Book Award 2006. An award winning language book, this is a lively and engaging expose on the foreign words and phrases that populate our language. Each entry gives a translation of the expression, the language of origin, pronunciation, an insightful comment on usage, plus illuminating examples from the press. A Pretentiousness Index will help you avoid committing the ultimate faux pas(!). If you have ever been bamboozled by the use of a foreign word or phrase, or simply want to spice up your vocabulary with some well chosen bons mots, then this is the book for you. Thousands of foreign terms have been absorbed into the English language from the everyday (kowtow) to the relatively obscure (auto-da-fe). Faux Pas? focuses on familiar terms and expressions as well as those that are new, curious or amusing.

Who's Whose? - A No-nonsense Guide to Easily Confused Words (Hardcover): Philip Gooden Who's Whose? - A No-nonsense Guide to Easily Confused Words (Hardcover)
Philip Gooden
R556 R527 Discovery Miles 5 270 Save R29 (5%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Who's Whose?' is an entertaining and straightforward guide to the most commonly confused words in English today, with real examples of good and bad usage to make differences crystal-clear. So if you mistrust (or distrust?) your spellchecker and want to maintain or improve your written English, this is a helpful companion for you.

May We Borrow Your Language? - How English Steals Words From All Over the World (Paperback): Philip Gooden May We Borrow Your Language? - How English Steals Words From All Over the World (Paperback)
Philip Gooden 1
R231 R188 Discovery Miles 1 880 Save R43 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The English language that is spoken by one billion people around the world is a linguistic mongrel, its vocabulary a diverse mix resulting from centuries of borrowing from other tongues. From the Celtic languages of pre-Roman Britain to Norman French; from the Vikings' Old Scandinavian to Persian, Arawak, Cantonese, Hawaiian, Hebrew, Inuit and Erdu - amongst a host of others - we have enriched our modern language with such words as tulip, slogan, doolally, avocado, moccasin, ketchup and ukulele. May We Borrow Your Language? explores the intriguing and unfamiliar stories behind scores of familiar words that the English language has filched from abroad; in so doing, it also sheds fascinating light on the wider history of the development of the English we speak today. Full of etymological nuggets to intrigue and delight the reader, this is a gift book for word buffs to cherish - as cerebrally stimulating as it is more-ishly entertaining.

Chaucer and the House of Fame (Paperback): Philip Gooden Chaucer and the House of Fame (Paperback)
Philip Gooden
R227 Discovery Miles 2 270 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Story of English - How the English language conquered the world (Paperback): Philip Gooden The Story of English - How the English language conquered the world (Paperback)
Philip Gooden 1
R279 R242 Discovery Miles 2 420 Save R37 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Born as a Germanic tongue with the arrival in Britain of the Anglo-Saxons in the early medieval period, heavily influenced by Norman French from the 11th century, and finally emerging as modern English from the late Middle Ages, the English language has grown to become the linguistic equivalent of a superpower, and is now sometimes described as the world's lingua franca. Worldwide some 380 million people speak English as a first language and some 600 million as a second language. A staggering one billion people are believed to be learning it. English is the premier international language in communications, science, business, aviation, entertainment, and diplomacy and also on the Internet. It has been one of the official languages of the United Nations since its founding in 1945. It is considered by many good judges to be well on the way to becoming the world's first universal language. Author Philip Gooden tells the story of the English language in all its richness and variety. From the intriguing origins and changing definitions of common words such as 'OK', 'beserk', 'curfew', 'cabal' and 'pow-wow', to the massive transformations wrought in the vocabulary and structure of the language by Anglo-Saxon and Norman conquest, through to the literary triumphs of Beowulf, The Canterbury Tales and the works of Shakespeare. The Story of English is a fascinating tale of linguistic, social and cultural transformation, and one that is accessibly and authoritatively told by an author in perfect command of his material.

The Word at War - World War Two in 100 Phrases (Hardcover): Philip Gooden, Peter Lewis The Word at War - World War Two in 100 Phrases (Hardcover)
Philip Gooden, Peter Lewis
R366 R295 Discovery Miles 2 950 Save R71 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

War words have embedded themselves in our collective psyche; British politicians are fond of invoking the 'Dunkirk spirit' whenever the country is faced with major crisis or even minor adversity, and Roosevelt's famous description of Pearl Harbor as 'a date which will live in infamy' was echoed by many US commentators after the 9/11 attacks. So far, so familiar. Or is it? How many of us know, for instance, that 'Keep Calm and Carry On', far from achieving its morale-boosting aim, was considered at the time deeply patronizing by the people it was directed at, and so had only limited distribution? Organized in a broadly chronological order across 20 chapters, The Word at War explores words and phrases spawned and popularized in the lead-up to World War Two and during the conflict itself. Substantial essays explore and explain the derivations of, and the stories behind, popular terms and phraseology of the period, including speeches (the words of Churchill, Hitler, FDR, Mussolini, de Gaulle); service slang; German stereotyping; food and drink; and codewords.

Who's Whose? - A No-nonsense Guide to Easily Confused Words (Paperback): Philip Gooden Who's Whose? - A No-nonsense Guide to Easily Confused Words (Paperback)
Philip Gooden 2
R299 Discovery Miles 2 990 Out of stock

Who's Whose? is an entertaining and straightforward guide to the most commonly confused words in English today, with real examples of good and bad usage to make differences crystal-clear. The Embarrassment Rating involved in each mistake is included, together with an explanation of why the confusion happens and how to avoid it in the future. So if you mistrust (or distrust?) your spellchecker and want to maintain or improve your written English, this is the perfect companion for you.

Who's Whose? - A No-nonsense Guide to Easily Confused Words? (Large print, Hardcover, Large type / large print edition):... Who's Whose? - A No-nonsense Guide to Easily Confused Words? (Large print, Hardcover, Large type / large print edition)
Philip Gooden
R475 Discovery Miles 4 750 Out of stock

You'll never again confuse affect and effect
Have you ever been fazed by the spelling of phased, or fretted over the difference between anxiety and angst, stationery and stationary? If so, you are not alone: the English language is a minefield, full of words that look and sound alike but mean different things in different places.
"Who's Whose? is an entertaining and essential A to Z guide to the most commonly confused words in English today, with real examples of good and bad usage to make differences crystal clear. In addition to documenting these verbal confusions, it offers a sympathetic guide to the seriousness of each gaffe (the Embarassment rating), an explanation of why it happens, and some handy hints on how to avoid it in future. With "Who's Whose in your corner, you'll never again mistake a principle for a principal.

Idiomantics: The Weird World of Popular Phrases (Hardcover): Philip Gooden, Peter Lewis Idiomantics: The Weird World of Popular Phrases (Hardcover)
Philip Gooden, Peter Lewis
R401 Discovery Miles 4 010 Out of stock

Idiomantics is a unique exploration of the world of idiomatic phrases. The very etymology of the word 'idiom' reveals what's so endlessly fascinating about the wide range of colourful phrases we use in everyday speech: their peculiarity. They're peculiar both in the sense of being particular or unique to the culture from which they originate, and in the sense of being downright odd. To cite three random examples - from American English, Dutch and Italian - what on Earth are a snow job, a monkey sandwich story, and Mr Punch's secret? Fascinating and illuminating, Idiomantics explains all... The ideal gift for word buffs and in fact, anyone who enjoys a good yarn, this playful book looks at 12 groups of idioms around the world, looking at subjects such as fun and games, gastronomic delights and the daily grind.

Skyscrapers, Hemlines and the Eddie Murphy Rule - Life's Hidden Laws, Rules and Theories (Hardcover): Philip Gooden Skyscrapers, Hemlines and the Eddie Murphy Rule - Life's Hidden Laws, Rules and Theories (Hardcover)
Philip Gooden 1
R539 R493 Discovery Miles 4 930 Save R46 (9%) Out of stock

What is the shade of difference between Sod's Law and Murphy's Law? What is the Helsinki Bus Station Theory? What part do the McNaughton Rules and the Miranda Law play in criminal justice? Plenty of books claim to tell you how to succeed in life, love or business with infallible sets of guidelines and self-help principles, but have nothing to say about the laws - often hidden ones - which really govern our lives. Skyscrapers, Hemlines and the Eddie Murphy Rule is an anthology of the many quirky, useful or entertaining rules and principles, which, if they are well known, crop up without explanation or, if confined to specialist circles, deserve to be more widely understood and appreciated. Here is a deliberately diverse scrapbook of the attempts to provide a system and an explanation, whether serious or humorous, eccentric or plain mischievous, for human activity across politics, science, sport, economics, the Internet, work, and life itself.

I'm Sorry, I'll Write That Again - Guinness Guide to Better English (Paperback): Philip Gooden I'm Sorry, I'll Write That Again - Guinness Guide to Better English (Paperback)
Philip Gooden
R102 R88 Discovery Miles 880 Save R14 (14%) Out of stock
The Word at War - World War Two in 100 Phrases (Paperback): Peter Lewis, Philip Gooden The Word at War - World War Two in 100 Phrases (Paperback)
Peter Lewis, Philip Gooden 1
R282 Discovery Miles 2 820 Out of stock

War words have embedded themselves in our collective psyche; British politicians are fond of invoking the 'Dunkirk spirit' whenever the country is faced with major crisis or even minor adversity, and Roosevelt's famous description of Pearl Harbor as 'a date which will live in infamy' was echoed by many US commentators after the 9/11 attacks. So far, so familiar. Or is it? How many of us know, for instance, that 'Keep Calm and Carry On', far from achieving its morale-boosting aim, was considered at the time to be deeply patronizing by the people it was directed at, and so had only limited distribution? The Word at War explores 100 phrases spawned and popularized in the lead-up and during the conflict of World War Two. Substantial essays explore and explain the derivations of, and the stories behind, popular terms and phraseology of the period, including wartime speeches (and the words of Churchill, Hitler and FDR); service slang; national stereotypes; food and drink; and codewords.

Oliver Twist - The Charles Dickens Children's Collection (Easy Classics) (Paperback): Charles Dickens Oliver Twist - The Charles Dickens Children's Collection (Easy Classics) (Paperback)
Charles Dickens; Illustrated by Pipi Sposito; Adapted by Philip Gooden
R175 R140 Discovery Miles 1 400 Save R35 (20%) Out of stock

Includes QR codes to the free audiobooks Engaging illustrations throughout that bring the stories to life Adapted to help readers enjoy and learn the classic story before approaching the original texts Series includes family favourites including Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol An easy-to-read format to bring the works of Charles Dickens to a whole new generation

Nicholas Nickleby - The Charles Dickens Children's Collection (Easy Classics) (Paperback): Charles Dickens Nicholas Nickleby - The Charles Dickens Children's Collection (Easy Classics) (Paperback)
Charles Dickens; Adapted by Philip Gooden; Illustrated by Pipi Sposito
R175 R140 Discovery Miles 1 400 Save R35 (20%) Out of stock

Includes QR codes to the free audiobooks Engaging illustrations throughout that bring the stories to life Adapted to help readers enjoy and learn the classic story before approaching the original texts Series includes family favourites including Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol An easy-to-read format to bring the works of Charles Dickens to a whole new generation

Hard Times - The Charles Dickens Children's Collection (Easy Classics) (Paperback): Charles Dickens Hard Times - The Charles Dickens Children's Collection (Easy Classics) (Paperback)
Charles Dickens; Adapted by Philip Gooden; Illustrated by Pipi Sposito
R175 R140 Discovery Miles 1 400 Save R35 (20%) Out of stock

Includes QR codes to the free audiobooks Engaging illustrations throughout that bring the stories to life Adapted to help readers enjoy and learn the classic story before approaching the original texts Series includes family favourites including Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol An easy-to-read format to bring the works of Charles Dickens to a whole new generation

A Tale of Two Cities - The Charles Dickens Children's Collection (Easy Classics) (Paperback): Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities - The Charles Dickens Children's Collection (Easy Classics) (Paperback)
Charles Dickens; Adapted by Philip Gooden; Illustrated by Pipi Sposito
R175 R140 Discovery Miles 1 400 Save R35 (20%) Out of stock

Includes QR codes to the free audiobooks Engaging illustrations throughout that bring the stories to life Adapted to help readers enjoy and learn the classic story before approaching the original texts Series includes family favourites including Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol An easy-to-read format to bring the works of Charles Dickens to a whole new generation

Little Dorrit - The Charles Dickens Children's Collection (Easy Classics) (Paperback): Charles Dickens Little Dorrit - The Charles Dickens Children's Collection (Easy Classics) (Paperback)
Charles Dickens; Adapted by Philip Gooden; Illustrated by Pipi Sposito
R175 R140 Discovery Miles 1 400 Save R35 (20%) Out of stock

Includes QR codes to the free audiobooks Engaging illustrations throughout that bring the stories to life Adapted to help readers enjoy and learn the classic story before approaching the original texts Series includes family favourites including Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol An easy-to-read format to bring the works of Charles Dickens to a whole new generation

Chaucer and the Legend of Good Women (Paperback): Philip Gooden Chaucer and the Legend of Good Women (Paperback)
Philip Gooden
R354 Discovery Miles 3 540 Out of stock
Chaucer and the House of Fame (Paperback): Philip Gooden Chaucer and the House of Fame (Paperback)
Philip Gooden
R384 Discovery Miles 3 840 Out of stock
Faux Pas - A No-nonsense Guide to Words and Phrases from Other Languages (Large print, Hardcover, Large type / large print... Faux Pas - A No-nonsense Guide to Words and Phrases from Other Languages (Large print, Hardcover, Large type / large print edition)
Philip Gooden
R471 Discovery Miles 4 710 Out of stock
Great Expectations - The Charles Dickens Children's Collection (Easy Classics) (Paperback): Charles Dickens Great Expectations - The Charles Dickens Children's Collection (Easy Classics) (Paperback)
Charles Dickens; Adapted by Philip Gooden; Illustrated by Pipi Sposito
R175 R140 Discovery Miles 1 400 Save R35 (20%) Out of stock

Includes QR codes to the free audiobooks Engaging illustrations throughout that bring the stories to life Adapted to help readers enjoy and learn the classic story before approaching the original texts Series includes family favourites including Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol An easy-to-read format to bring the works of Charles Dickens to a whole new generation

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