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Books by Steven Poole

  • A Word for Every Day of the Year

    Steven Poole

    Product Code: CDAOM
    Hardback
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    A weird and wonderful word and its meaning for every day of the year. 'A lexicological delight' Professor David Crystal Who knew that to dringle is to 'waste time in a lazy lingering manner'? Or that a sudden happy ending could be termed a eucotastrophe? Looking for an alternative word to 'bullshit'? Then try taradiddle. A Word for Every Day of the Year is a fascinating collection of 366 words and their definitions, perfect for anyone who loves the richness of the English language, its diversity and wants to expand their vocabulary. Each day offers a rare and remarkable word with its history and definition and occasionally a challenge to include it in our lives.
    • £11.99
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  • Unspeak

    Steven Poole

    Product Code: BJJNQ
    Paperback
    Unspeak is language as a weapon. Every day, we are bombarded with those apparently simple words or phrases that actually conceal darker meanings. 'Climate change' is less threatening than 'global warming'; we say 'ethnic cleansing' when we mean mass murder. As we absorb and repeat Unspeak we are accepting the messages that politicians, businessmen and military agencies wish us to believe. Operation Iraqi Freedom did more than put a positive spin on the American war with Iraq; it gave the invasion such a likeable name that the American news networks quickly adopted it as their tagline for reporting on the war. By repackaging the language we use to describe international affairs or domestic politics, Unspeak tries to make controversial issues unspeakable and, therefore, unquestionable. In this thought-provoking and important book, Steven Poole traces the globalizing wave of modern Unspeak from culture wars to the culture of war and reveals how everyday words are changing the way we think.
    • £10.39
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  • Rethink

    Steven Poole

    Product Code: AYEUA
    Paperback
    "Clever and entertaining." (Sunday Times). "Elegantly written and full of surprises." (Daily Telegraph). "Always entertaining and often eye-opening." (Financial Times). Old ideas that were mocked or ignored for centuries are now storming back to the cutting edge of research and informing the way we lead our lives. In Rethink, Steven Poole explains why today's chess grandmasters, quantum physicists and psychologists are mining the last 2,000 years of history for answers to the problems of the present. He explores how long-neglected thinkers could transform our everyday lives: from improving the way boardrooms operate, to inspiring grand projects for social and political change. And above all, he shows that by rethinking discarded ideas we can each gain a better understanding of the world - and perhaps be better equipped to change it. "A whirlwind of discovery...Among the greatest compliments you can give a book is that it helps you to see things differently." (Guardian). "When it comes to describing a complex idea clearly, Poole is one of the best writers around." (Sunday Times). "Fascinating...Poole confirms his standing as one of our liveliest and most thought-provoking writers on science and technology. " (Spectator).
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