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The Dictionary of Lost Words

The Dictionary of Lost Words

by Pip Williams (Affirm, 2020)

Book cover: “The Dictionary of Lost Words” by Pip Williams (Affirm, 2020)

An historical novel woven around and through the decades-long compiling of the Oxford English Dictionary. Though Williams writes powerfully on the silencing of women, Esme’s story—a conduit for social commentary—is perhaps too beholden to facts to truly dazzle as fiction.

The Surgeon of Crowthorne

The Surgeon of Crowthorne: A Tale of Murder, Madness and the Love of Words

by Simon Winchester (Viking, 1998)

Winchester_Surgeon of Crowthorne

By focussing on the extensive amateur contributions of Doctor Minor (a bibliophile and former surgeon serving life imprisonment in the Broadmoor lunatic asylum), Simon Winchester captures something of the immense logistical difficulties faced in putting together the first ever true English dictionary.