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By Michael Rosen

Publish 12 months note: First released January 1st 2013
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How on the earth did we repair upon our twenty-six letters, what do they honestly suggest, and the way did we come to jot down them down within the first position?

Michael Rosen takes you on an unforgettable event throughout the background of the alphabet in twenty-six shiny chapters, fizzing with own anecdotes and interesting evidence. beginning with the mysterious Phoenicians and the way sounds first got here to be written down, he races directly to express how nonsense poems paintings, pins down the unusual tale of okay, strains our 5 misplaced letters and tackles the tyranny of spelling, between many many different issues. His heroes of the alphabet diversity from Edward Lear to Phyllis Pearsall (the inventor of the A-Z), and from the 2 scribes of Beowulf to rappers. each one bankruptcy takes on a unique topic - no matter if it's codes, umlauts or the writing of dictionaries. Rosen's enthusiasm for letters definitely leaps off the web page, even if it's the tale of his existence instructed during the typewriters he's owned or a bankruptcy on jokes written in a string of gags and be aware video games.

This is the publication for someone who's ever puzzled why Hawaiian basically has a thirteen-letter alphabet or how precisely to jot down the sound of a wild raspberry.

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