Discover the most extraordinary words in the English language with The Horologicon and unravel the strange connections between words with The Etymologicon.
Check out Mark Forsyth’s blogpost on his essay for Independent Booksellers Week!
Finance is such a picturesque business, but nobody seems to notice. Once upon a time, for instance, all that you needed to start a bank was a bench. You put your bench up in a square in medieval Italy and sat down behind it to do business. The Italian for bench is banca, and hence our modern word bank. Read Mark Forsyth’s article in The New York Times!
Mark Forsyth talks about what makes ‘If we burn, you burn with us’ from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins so memorable in his latest blogpost.
We are excited to reveal that Mark Forsyth is the author of this year’s specially commissioned essay for IBW Bookseller Collectibles: The Unknown Unknown: Bookshops and the Delight of Not Getting What You Wanted.
IBW Booksellers Collectibles is a range of books provided exclusively for indies to sell during Independent Booksellers Week, which takes place 28th June–5th July. Mark Forsyth explores in this essay why Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy would never have met online, the pleasure of leafing through a dictionary, and why only a bookshop can give you what you never knew you were looking for.
And if that wasn’t enough, we’ll also be publishing the paperback of The Elements of Eloquence early for IBW, exclusively for indies!
Go here to read more. Are you excited for Independent Booksellers Week?!
Lovely review of The Horologicon by Lily!
Mark Forsyth is quoted in this Metro article on words: ‘People always make up words if they’re in their own little small environment, where you can give names to little things and everybody will understand.’ Head over to metro.co.uk to read more.
Lovely to see praise for Mark Forsyth from the one and only Margaret Atwood. Let’s vote. Does the man behind @inkyfool remind you of Jimmy?
The Elements of Eloquence
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Lovely handwritten quote from Mark Forsyth’s The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase.
Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
For more elegant, witty writing from a hundred years ago, try these…
Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm for a hilarious fantasy novel about all the men in Oxford killing themselves out of love for one beautiful woman
Antic Hay by Aldous Huxley for an incredibly intelligent book about inflatable underpants
Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh for adventures of an innocent man in a deliciously sinful world
The Diary of a Nobody by George & Weedon Grossmith for ponderings from the suburb
Mark Forsyth was a guest editor over at Go Book Yourself today!