I’ve always loved books and stories that are based on history even if the story is more fictional than historical. I found this book to be a beautiful love story of words, of the empowerment of women, of a desire to hold onto something with so much depth it will transcend time. The topic of the Oxford dictionary was so brilliant and I felt a personal message within the story for each of our relationships with words and also the struggles we each share around words. Communication is such an intrinsic part of our experiences and interactions with people and yet how often does our interpretation of a word vary from someone else? While this book is a work of historical fiction it also holds a key to how easily what we say can be misunderstood. Thank you Pip for bringing that key to your work. I truly loved this book.
An excellent book! Great look into the time period and makes one wonder how many other things could be different if women had even a slight voice! Highly recommend this book!!
It was a lovely book. A bit slow at times in its details
I too was in printing and I did set type by hand as what she refers to as the composer did. I found those parts if the story to be very interesting, and not slow as others may have.
I honestly can't say I have ever read a book with that being one of the occupations.
40 yrs ago I as a young girl learned it from my elderly employer of his family's print shop. He told me you are learning a dying art. Which proved to be true.
Wonderful story we’ll written and we’ll read! All the better because it’s based on truth!
A beautiful story about words, what they mean and who decides which ones are important. An earnest young woman’s contribution to a different kind of OED
Absolutely loved this book. This is one I will read:/listen to again and again. There’s not many books like that. I cherish this one. The narrator was wonderful. Her voice made it magical.
I really enjoyed this book, mostly because of the narration.
Ok, not one of my favs
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