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The dictionary of lost words : a novel

Williams, Pip 1969- (author.).


Summary: Motherless, Esme spends her childhood in the Scriptorium, a garden shed in Oxford where her father and a team of dedicated lexicographers are collecting words for the very first Oxford English Dictionary. One day a slip of paper containing the word bondmaid flutters beneath the table. She rescues the slip, and is told that the word means "slave girl." Learning that words relating to women's and common folks' experiences often go unrecorded, Esme begins to collect other words discarded by the dictionary men. As she grows up, Esme begins in earnest to search out words for her own dictionary: the Dictionary of Lost Words. -- adapted from jacket

Item details

  • ISBN: 9781984820730
  • ISBN: 0593160193
  • ISBN: 9780593160190
  • Physical Description: xiv, 376 pages : illustration ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Ballantine Group, [2021]

Contents / Notes

General Note: "Originally published in Australia by Affirm Press in 2020." -- Verso.
Subject: New English dictionary on historical principles New English dictionary on historical principles Fiction
Lexicographers Fiction
Oxford English dictionary Oxford English dictionary Fiction
Words Fiction
Reading Fiction
Fathers and daughters Fiction
FICTION / Historical / General
FICTION / Biographical
Genre: Novels.
Biographical fiction.

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