The Adventure Of English: Biography of a Language by Melvyn BraggThe Adventure Of English: Biography of a Language by Melvyn Bragg

The Adventure Of English: Biography of a Language

byMelvyn Bragg

Paperback | September 1, 2004

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English is the collective work of millions of people throughout the ages. It is democratic, ever-changing and ingenious in its assimilation of other cultures. English runs through the heart of world finance, medicine and the Internet, and it is understood by around two thousand million people across the world. Yet it was very nearly wiped out in its early years.

In this book Melvyn Bragg shows us the remarkable story of the English language; from its beginnings as a minor guttural Germanic dialect to its position today as a truly established global language. THE ADVENTURE OF ENGLISH is not only an enthralling story of power, religion and trade, but also the story of people, and how their day-to-day lives shaped and continue to change the extraordinary language that is English.
Melvyn Bragg is a writer and broadcaster. His novels includeThe Hired Man, for which he won the Time/Life Silver Pen Award,Without a City Wall, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize,The Soldier's Return,winner of the WHSmith Literary Award,A Son of WarandCrossing the Lines, both of which were longlisted for the Man Booker Prize,A Pla...
Title:The Adventure Of English: Biography of a LanguageFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 7.75 × 5.1 × 0.85 inPublished:September 1, 2004Publisher:HodderLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0340829931

ISBN - 13:9780340829936

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Beautifully clear and, indeed, thrilling-Waterstone's Books Quarterly