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The Language Lover’s Puzzle Book

The Language Lover’s Puzzle Book

ISBN
9781783352180
Published
05/11/2020
9781783352180
Format
Paperback
Price
£14.99
Paperback
416

About the Book

From the bestselling author of Alex's Adventures in Numberland and Can You Solve My Problems? comes a fascinating, hugely entertaining collection of puzzles for crossword addicts and language-lovers of all stripes.

'Alex Bellos is a wizard.' - Tim Harford, author of The Undercover Economist

The Language Lover's Puzzle Book is a book of more than 100 surprising and entertaining puzzles that celebrate the amazing diversity of the world of words and language.

Featuring a huge variety of ancient, modern and even invented languages, this collection of problems will introduce you to unusual alphabets and scripts, curious vocabularies and phonologies, and global variations in simple behaviours like counting, telling the time, and naming children.

Whether you are a crossword solver, a code-breaker or a Scrabble addict, these puzzles are guaranteed to twist your tongue and sharpen your mind.

From the bestselling author of Alex's Adventures in Numberland and Can You Solve My Problems? comes a fascinating, hugely entertaining collection of puzzles for crossword addicts and language-lovers of all stripes. 'Alex Bellos is a wizard.' - Tim Harford, author of The Undercover EconomistThe Language Lover's Puzzle Book is a book of more than 100 surprising and entertaining puzzles that celebrate the amazing diversity of the world of words and language.Featuring a huge variety of ancient, modern and even invented languages, this collection of problems will introduce you to unusual alphabets and scripts, curious vocabularies and phonologies, and global variations in simple behaviours like counting, telling the time, and naming children. Whether you are a crossword solver, a code-breaker or a Scrabble addict, these puzzles are guaranteed to twist your tongue and sharpen your mind.
  • Alex Bellos

    Alex Bellos is brilliant on all things mathematical. His bestselling, award-winning books include Alex’s Adventures in NumberlandAlex Through the Looking-Glass and Can You Solve My Problems?, and have been translated into more than twenty languages. He is also the co-author of two mathematical colouring books and the children’s series Football School. His YouTube videos have been seen by more than twenty million people, and he writes a popular maths and puzzle blog for The Guardian. @alexbellos

“I am a sucker for Alex Bellos's books – they’re just such fun, full of unexpected ideas and charmingly written. If you like puzzles this is a delightful and original approach and you’ll pick up a lot of quirky delights along the way.”
- Tim Harford
“Not just a puzzle collection, but an introduction to the science of distilling regularities from the weird ways in which languages behave ... Many beginners, after the buzz of Mr Bellos's puzzles, may also fall in love with the joys of [linguistics].”
- The Economist