I’m delighted to say that my new book, Damp Squids & Card Sharks, will be published by Quadrille on Thursday 12 October.
Described as “a compendium of commonly confused phrases and linguistic muddles”, it’s a light-hearted look at how we all get the English language wrong.
With excellent illustrations by Daniel Rieley accompanying each of the fifty malapropisms, mixed metaphors, mondegreens and muddled meanings, it’s the perfect gift for the pedant in your life – even if that pedant is you.
Speaking of pedantry, one of the phrases featured is “pre-book”, which basically just means “book”, doesn’t it? But people love it. Similarly, you can’t operate in the publishing world without loving the phrase “pre-order”, so I am obliged to let you know that Damp Squids & Card Sharks is available for “pre-order” now.
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