Philip Pullman Praises the New English Project Book:
‘What a brilliant idea! I love this book. Its structure is ingenious, its content endlessly fascinating. There are many ways to display the history of a language, especially one with such a rich history as English, and this is one of the most ingenious and revealing I’ve ever seen.’ Launched at the Winchester Festival, A History of the English Language in 100 Places is out now!
A HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE IN 100 PLACES by Bill Lucas and Christopher Mulvey of the English Project is a joyous ride through time, where readers can criss-cross the British Isles and the world at large to land in a hundred contrasting places and alight on a hundred wonderful topics that bring the extraordinary story of the English language alive. Any selection of places is inevitably personal. Nevertheless, a number of criteria have directed the selection of places in this book; some represent historic firsts, some are tied to significant people and some have seen events that have shaped the future of English. Each one takes the reader on an unmissable journey into the rich past of the English tongue.
What began as the language of the Angles, Saxons and Jutes on a small island has become a global property owned and shaped by almost 2 billion English speakers across the world. English has borrowed words from more than 350 languages, and many more languages have borrowed words from English. In an age of cheap air travel and internet communication we have become a global village. If you’ve ever been curious about the global language that binds us all together, A History of the English Language in 100 Places is for you.
• A global treatment of the global language – a fascinating book for anyone interested in English
• A first-class textbook (suitable for A/AS English Language and a range of university courses)
• Doubles up as a brilliant and quirky travel guide
• Reader-friendly: in-depth studies in easily digested portions
BILL LUCAS is the Professor of Learning and Co-Director at the Centre for Real-World Learning at the University of Winchester. The best-selling author of more than forty books which have been widely translated, he is also a trustee of The English Project, Chairman of The Talent Foundation and a Patron of Pegasus Theatre, Oxford.
CHRISTOPHER MULVEY is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Winchester. A prolific writer, he is also Managing Editor at the Winchester University Press and a trustee of the English Project. He has received awards from the Arts and Humanities Council, the British Academy, and the University of Virginia. He was President of the Collegium for African American Research from 2003 to 2007 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts in 2008.