Globish: How the English Language became the World's Language

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Go anywhere in the world today and you'll see or hear English in some form. It may not necessarily be the Queen's English that you're hearing, but it is, nevertheless, a form of universally recognised English - it is Globish.

In his wonderfully witty and informative new book, Robert McCrum explores the curious history, vivacity and endurance of English and ponders why, while British and American empires have waxed and waned, the English language, freer from its moorings like never before, has quietly taken over the world.

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Globish presents a terrifically interesting prism through which to view the history of English . . . Most fascinating and amusing . . . Mr. McCrum s rapid journey . . . makes entertaining reading.--Paul Levy

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Robert McCrum argues, brilliantly and provocatively, that England s greatest contribution to the world is English. The empire may be gone. But Globish explains why the language still rules. Malcolm Gladwel Praise for P. G. Wodehouse: A Life: For as long as P.G. Wodehouse is read, this will be the seminal work of reference, the indispensable vade mecum. In other words as the Master might say ripping. John le Carr McCrum . . . has written a biography that, if the subject were a general or a politician, would be dubbed magisterial. This is a magisterial biography: disinterested, but never detached, and always intriguing. Under the kindly and scholarly tutelage of McCrum, you might want to explore here the Wodehouse genius, the inconsistencies and downright silliness in the man s life. Frank McCourt, Globe and Mail [An] absorbing and generous biography, which now takes its rightful place as the life. Christopher Buckley, Los Angeles Times Book Review This book is a triumph. Not only should all P. G. Wodehouse fans read it, but it is a masterly picture of twentieth-century history. A. N. Wilson "

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