Cecily's book reviews

In general I've written reviews of every book I've read since I joined GoodReads (RIP) in May 08, along with one or two I read prior to that. More recent reviews tend to be longer (sometimes a tad too long?). I always carry a book, though I don't get as much time as I'd like to get engrossed - life is busy, but in a good way. Too many of my favourite authors died without writing enough! Apart from reading, and writing about reading, I enjoy Scrabble, good restaurants, woodland, and attending the theatre.
Evolving English: One Language, Many Voices - David Crystal The book of the exhibition being held at the British Library. It is unlike any other book of the history of the English language because every point it makes is illustrated with a high quality photo, whether it be a Medieval manuscript or political poster. In fact, they're easier to see here than they were in the exhibition.

The sections on sign language and swearing are not in the book, which makes me wonder if they were late additions to the exhibition and this doesn't have as much detail as a more conventional book, but it is more vivid and memorable, and presents a useful contrast.

Currently reading

The Illustrated Gormenghast Trilogy
Sebastian Peake, China MiƩville, Mervyn Peake
Mervyn Peake