Globish: How English Became the World's Language

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“A fascinating study not only of the roots and growth of our own language but of its future.”―Bloomsbury Review

It seems impossible: a small island in the North Atlantic, colonized by Rome, then pillaged for hundreds of years by marauding neighbors, becomes the dominant world power in the nineteenth century. In this provocative new look at the course of empire, Robert McCrum shows how the language of the Anglo-American imperium has become the world’s lingua franca. In the twenty-first century, writes the author, English + Microsoft = Globish.

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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 Gladwell
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 Carré

“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

About the Author:

Robert McCrum is the associate editor of The Observer and lives in London with his wife, Sarah Lyall. His books include the bestselling The Story of English, My Year Off, Wodehouse: A Life, and Globish.

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