The acclaimed linguist, bestselling author, and broadcaster DAVID
CRYSTAL, with HILARY CRYSTAL will give an illustrated
talk at the Forest Bookshop on November
26 from 7pm based on their new book 'Wordsmiths
and Warriors: An English-Language Tourist's Guide to
A journey back in time through the history
of language took David and Hilary Crystal on a very real journey
through the British Isles, discovering the places and personalities
that shaped our mother tongue. This book was
born of their odyssey, chronicling the writers and scholars who changed
the course of English with the pen, and the invading warriors who did
the same with the sword. David, one of the world's foremost experts on
linguistics, and his wife Hilary, who trained as a speech therapist and
and captured their discoveries on film,, join us to tell the stories
behind the ceaselessly shifting phenomenon we call language, as they
discuss the odyssey that inspired their new book.
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Come to our Launch of A Broad Forester Abroad
by local author
Thursday December 5 at The Forest Bookshop 7pm.
Rosser was a young Forest of Dean forestry worker in the 1950s. He
lived an idyllic rural life with his family in the little village of
Ellwood until one day his world would change radically when his
National Service call-up papers dropped through his letterbox.
delightful read, describes with humour, acute observation and a rare
gift of extraordinarily clear recall, the author’s life and adventures
as a Royal Engineers’ conscript. He tells of comradeship, barrack-room
humour, incessant army-drill, parades, pranks, Blanco, Brasso,
boot-bulling and long sea voyages to peace-keeping duties in far-away
places. This not only creates a wonderful insight into the life of the
ordinary national serviceman, but also provides a valuable record of
those experiences that shaped a whole generation.