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The Language Lover’s Puzzle Book

Alex Bellos

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.

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£14.99
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9781783352180
Date Published
05.11.2020
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Summary

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.

‘The only puzzle book I’ve seen that manages to befuddle both sides of the brain at the same time.’
DARA Ó BRIAIN

‘Such fun, full of unexpected ideas and charmingly written.’
TIM HARFORD

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.

‘Alex Bellos is a dazzling polymath whose cleverness and ingenuity are on full display in this utterly brilliant and original collection of linguistic puzzles. This book is destined to be a classic for puzzle lovers.’
JOSHUA FOER, co-founder of Atlas Obscura and author Moonwalking with Einstein

‘An irresistible linguistic workout — challenging and deeply satisfying.’
GASTON DORREN, author of Lingo and Babel

‘For all the language and puzzle fans in your life!’ GRETCHEN McCULLOCH
‘A cornucopia of ingenious and insightful challenges.’ DAVID CRYSTAL
‘This compendium of puzzles is a great idea.’ MICHAEL ROSEN
‘You’ll love what Alex Bellos has done here.’ GYLES BRANDRETH
‘Tantalisting.’ THE ECONOMIST
‘The perfect way to pass the time.’ BBC SCIENCE FOCUS

Critic Reviews

The only puzzle book I’ve seen that manages to befuddle both sides of the brain at the same time.

Dara Ó Briain
Critic Reviews

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
Critic Reviews

The Language Lover’s Puzzle Book is exactly the sort of book I wish had been available to me as a budding linguist. I recommend it for all the language and puzzle fans in your life!

Gretchen McCulloch, New York Times–bestselling author of BECAUSE INTERNET
Critic Reviews

A cornucopia of ingenious and insightful challenges, each with a bonus commentary about the fascinating diversity of the world's languages, all presented in a friendly and engaging style. The title is exactly right. It's the perfect companion for anyone who loves puzzles and languages.

David Crystal
Critic Reviews

Language is a puzzle, so this compendium of language puzzles is a great idea; and the great thing about puzzles is they give us problems that we didn’t even know were problems.

Michael Rosen
Critic Reviews

If you love a puzzle – and you love language – you’ll love what Alex Bellos has done here.

Gyles Brandreth
AlexBellos

Alex Bellos is a grandmaster of the puzzling world, brilliant on all things cryptic. His bestselling, award-winning books include Alex’s Adventures in Numberland, Alex Through the Looking-Glass and Can You Solve My Problems?, and have been translated into more than twenty languages. He is also the coauthor of two mathematical colouring books and the children’s series Football School. His YouTube…

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