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    • The Elements of Eloquence

    • By: Mark Forsyth
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 346
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 325
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 317

    In an age unhealthily obsessed with substance, this is a book on the importance of pure style, from the best-selling author of The Etymologicon and The Horologicon. From classic poetry to pop lyrics and from the King James Bible to advertising slogans, Mark Forsyth explains the secrets that make a phrase - such as 'Tiger, Tiger, burning bright', or 'To be or not to be' - memorable. In his inimitably entertaining and witty style he takes apart famous lines and shows how you, too, can write like Shakespeare or Oscar Wilde.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Listen to to be a better listener.

    • By Swing Swang on 28-08-14

    Regular price: £14.99

    • The Horologicon

    • By: Mark Forsyth
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 154
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 130
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 126

    The Horologicon - which means 'a book of things appropriate to each hour' - follows a day in the life of unusual, beautiful, and forgotten English words. From the moment you wake to the second your head hits the pillow, there's a cornucopia of hidden words ready for every aspect of your day.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderfully funny and informative

    • By Penguin on 07-04-13

    Regular price: £14.69

    • The Etymologicon

    • A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language
    • By: Mark Forsyth
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 868
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 752
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 739

    A quirky, entertaining and thought-provoking tour of the unexpected connections between words, read by Simon Shepherd. What is the actual connection between disgruntled and gruntled? What links church organs to organised crime, California to the Caliphate, or brackets to codpieces? The Etymologicon springs from Mark Forsyth's Inky Fool blog on the strange connections between words.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant and hilarious book

    • By Will on 06-01-13
    • A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language
    • By: Mark Forsyth
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
    • Release date: 01-05-12
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 868 ratings

    Regular price: £14.69

    • A Short History of Drunkenness

    • By: Mark Forsyth
    • Narrated by: Richard Hughes
    • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76

    Penguin presents the audiobook edition of A Short History of Drunkenness by Mark Forsyth, read by Richard Hughes. Almost every culture on earth has drink, and where there's drink there's drunkenness. But in every age and in every place drunkenness is a little bit different. It can be religious, it can be sexual, it can be the duty of kings or the relief of peasants. It can be an offering to the ancestors or a way of marking the end of a day's work. It can send you to sleep or send you into battle.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hilarious and Fascinating

    • By Jemma on 20-12-17

    Regular price: £17.99