With Christmas coming up, I’d like your recommendations for books about language. I’m looking for something more substantial and engaging than, say, Lynne Truss but not as demanding as a full-blown academic linguistics textbook.
Three books I’ve heard encouraging things about are:
- Strictly English by Simon Heffer
- The Language Wars: A History of Proper English by Henry Hitchings
- The King’s English by Kingsley Amis
Are they any good? Are any others any good?