A UNIQUE STORY THAT CONNECTS THE HOT-BUTTON ISSUES OF OUR OWN TIME, especially who gets to decide which stories are told, with the colorful origins of the legendary Oxford English Dictionary.
A BOOK FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE WORDS, ESPECIALLY FORBIDDEN ONES, as so many readers do!
SNAPPED UP BY INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHERS: Rights sold so far in North America, the UK, Italy, Germany, Spain, Russia, Holland, Taiwan and S.Korea.
WELL-RESEARCHED: Williams discovered words (like bondmaid) that were actually omitted from the early editions of the Oxford English Dictionary, and turned her research into this factually based, emotionally engaging novel.
“Inspired by a wisp of fact—a single word accidentally omitted from the Oxford English Dictionary—Pip Williams has spun a marvelous fiction about the power of language to elevate or repress. This is a novel that brings to light not only lost words but the lost stories of women’s lives. It is at once timely and timeless.”—Geraldine Brooks, New York Times bestselling author of People of the Book
“In the annals of lexicography, no more imaginative, delightful, charming, and clever book has yet been written. And if by writing it Pip Williams has gently rapped my knuckles for wrongly supposing that only white English men led the effort to corral and codify our language, then I happily accept the scolding. Her wonderfully constructed story has helped entirely change my mind.”—Simon Winchester, author of The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
“What a compelling, fresh look at historical women! In Pip Williams’s lyrically written novel, The Dictionary of Lost Words, readers explore the creation of the so-called definitive Oxford English Dictionary. This marvelous exploration into the ways in which spoken and written language impact us is a delight and an education.”—Marie Benedict, New York Times bestselling author of The Mystery of Mrs. Christie
“This charming, inventive, and utterly irresistible novel is the story we all need right now. Words have never mattered more, as Pip Williams illuminates in her unforgettable debut.”—Susan Wiggs, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost and Found Bookshop
“What a novel of words, their adventure, and their capacity to define and, above all, challenge the world. There will not be this year a more original novel published. I just know it.”—Thomas Keneally, author of Schindler’s List
“A lexicographer’s dream of a novel, this is a lovely book to get lost in, an imaginative love letter to dictionaries. Esme’s unusual, word-saturated coming-of-age during the quest for women's rights will entrance language-loving, socially conscious YAs.”—Booklist
“Williams turns history as we know it on its head in this delightful debut, spotlighting those women and their contributions, using the awe-inspiring power of words themselves to illuminate them.”—Newsweek
“In Williams’s exuberant, meticulously researched debut, the daughter of a lexicographer devotes her life to an alternative dictionary…Williams’s feminist take on language will move readers.”—Publishers Weekly
“The Dictionary of Lost Words is an enchanting story about love, loss, and the power of language, and what gets recorded and what gets forgotten. Set at a time when women's voices were clamoring more than ever to be heard, it moved me greatly to think how history is skewed by those who hold power—and how important it is that novels like this redress that balance.”—Elizabeth Macneal, international bestselling author of The Doll Factory
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