Some 6,000 languages are spoken around the world. “What a Babel we live in!” writes Dorren, who speaks five and can read 11 more. Here he focuses on the top 20 – the mother tongues of half the world... This is a fascinating guide and a celebration of linguistic diversity and bilingualism, both sadly underappreciated in English-speaking nations.
Calamity: The Many Lives of Calamity Jane
"as Karen Jones sets out dismayingly early in her book, the only things that the real-life ‘Calamity Jane’ can with confidence be said to have in common with her legend is that she wore trousers, swore like a navvy and was pissed all the time..."
— The Spectator