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The Word at War: World War Two in 100 Phrases

by Philip Gooden & Peter Lewis

War words have embedded themselves in our collective psyche; British politicians are fond of invoking the 'Dunkirk spirit' whenever the country is faced with major crisis or even minor adversity, and Roosevelt's...


Idiomantics: The Weird and Wonderful World of Popular Phrases

by Philip Gooden

Idiomantics is a unique exploration of the world of idiomatic phrases. To cite three examples - from American English, Dutch and Italian - what on Earth are a snow job, a monkey sandwich story, and Mr Punch's...


Salisbury Manuscript

by Philip Gooden

Praise for Philip Gooden:

“Great fun.”—Guardian

“Gooden will give you a gratifying taste of the danger and excitement of that lusty place and time.”—Publishers Weekly

In 1873 a canon dies violently...


The Story of English: How the English Language Conquered the World

by Philip Gooden

Born as a Germanic tongue with the arrival in Britain of the Anglo-Saxons in the early medieval period, heavily influenced by Norman French from the 11th century, and finally emerging as modern English from...


The Ely Testament

by Philip Gooden

Third in the highly-acclaimed nineteenth-century 'Cathedral' mystery series When Mr Lye, an elderly partner at Tom Ansell's law firm, drops dead at his desk, Tom is dispatched to Ely to search for Mr Lye's will...


Who’s Whose?: A no-nonsense guide to easily confused words

by Philip Gooden

Who’s Whose? is an entertaining and straightforward guide to the most commonly confused words in English today, with real examples of good and bad usage to make differences crystal-clear. The Embarrassment...


Faux Pas: A No-nonsense Guide to Words and Phrases

by Philip Gooden

Full of examples drawn from everyday contexts, Faux Pas will make sure that you don't upset any honchos with your chutzpah.


Who's Whose: A No-Nonsense Guide to Easily Confused Words

by Philip Gooden

You'll never again confuse affect and effect!


The Durham Deception

Tom Ansell Cathedral Mysteries #2

by Philip Gooden

Second in the gripping new 19th century 'Cathedral' murder mystery series from the acclaimed author of the 'Nick Revill' mysteries - For the newly-weds Tom and Helen Ansell life is no honeymoon, as they are...