The Dictionary of Lost Words

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Publisher Description

In 1901, the word bondmaid was discovered missing from the Oxford English Dictionary. This is the story of the girl who stole it.

Motherless and irrepressibly curious, Esme spends her childhood in the Scriptorium, a garden shed in Oxford where her father and a team of lexicographers are gathering words for the very first Oxford English Dictionary.

Esme's place is beneath the sorting table, unseen and unheard. One day, she sees a slip containing the word bondmaid flutter to the floor unclaimed. Esme seizes the word and hides it in an old wooden trunk that belongs to her friend, Lizzie, a young servant in the big house. Esme begins to collect other words from the Scriptorium that are misplaced, discarded or have been neglected by the dictionary men. They help her make sense of the world.

Over time, Esme realises that some words are considered more important than others, and that words and meanings relating to women's experiences often go unrecorded. She begins to collect words for another dictionary: The Dictionary of Lost Words.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2020
31 March
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
384
Pages
PUBLISHER
Affirm Press
SELLER
Hachette Australia Pty Ltd
SIZE
22.2
MB

Customer Reviews

JLWJHP ,

Loved it

Hard to put down. Pulled on all the heart strings. I could definitely read this again.

Suebiggs ,

Wonderful book

Fabulous

Natalie Rose 1991 ,

Thoroughly researched but dull and slow moving

This book is thoroughly researched and I certainly learned some things about history and the English language. However it was, to be frank, very dull. The plot moved very slowly. I found it hard to invest in Esme, the main character. Much of the book was about the work involved in compiling the dictionary, which was interesting at first but quickly became repetitive and boring. If I have to read the word “slip” one more time... no thanks.

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