‘The Surgeon of Crowthorne’, as my favourite book on the English language, is now replaced by ‘The Dictionary of Lost Words’.
Pip Williams has scripted a highly believable narrative on the development of the Oxford English Dictionary and has magnificently bought all the characters, both real and imagined, to life.
I have carried with me since 1952 a Pocket Oxford Dictionary, a gift from my parents, and ‘bondmaid’ is well described.
Thank you Pip for an amazing debut novel, your descriptive use of words (I could smell and feel the Scriptorium) and your attention to detail. The love between Esme and Gareth was palpable! Congratulations - well done!