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A Place For Everything: The Curious History of Alphabetical Order

Author:   Judith Flanders
Publisher:   Pan Macmillan
ISBN:  

9781509881567


Pages:   272
Publication Date:   06 February 2020
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Format:   Hardback
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Author:   Judith Flanders
Publisher:   Pan Macmillan
Imprint:   Picador
Dimensions:   Width: 15.50cm , Height: 4.00cm , Length: 22.00cm
Weight:   0.508kg
ISBN:  

9781509881567


ISBN 10:   1509881565
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   06 February 2020
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General ,  Tertiary & Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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'This informative and entertaining history is an absolute delight.' -- Woman & Home 'Judith Flanders . . . likes Christmas (I think), but she loves reality and its awkward, amusing facts. (A previous book of hers, Inside the Victorian Home, is deep, bright and encompassing.) -- New York Times Praise for Judith Flanders' last book: 'Flanders is a respected social historian, best known for studies on Victorian life, and the strength of this warm book lies in its quiet erudition.' -- The Times Praise for The Invention of Murder: Excellent, well written and hugely well informed -- Peter Lewis * Daily Mail * Praise for The Victorians: The voyage is unforgettable. -- Sarah Bakewell * Independent * Praise for The Making of a Home: All the vivid interest of something newly made strange. -- Lucy Hughes-Hallett * Sunday Times *


The non-fiction I most enjoyed . . . an excellent subject, carried out with exemplary care and authority. -- Philip Hensher * Spectator * Judith Flanders . . . likes Christmas (I think), but she loves reality and its awkward, amusing facts. (A previous book of hers, Inside the Victorian Home, is deep, bright and encompassing.) * New York Times * [An] entertaining biography . . . Following the fine tradition of light entertainment Christmas books, Judith Flanders provides lots of trivia . . . However, there is much more to it than that. Flanders is a respected social historian, best known for studies on Victorian life, and the strength of this warm book lies in its quiet erudition. * The Times * A well-researched account. There are more footnotes here than there are presents under a Rockefeller Christmas tree. Indeed, the book is stuffed with facts - enough to satiate even the most ravenous postprandial taste for quizzing. * Sunday Times * Praise for Judith Flanders' previous book, Christmas: A Biography: 'A catalogue of colourful information, and as surprising an assortment of items as any you might find heaped up under a tree.' -- Lucy Hughes-Hallett * Observer * Judith Flanders has a knack for making odd subjects accessible . . . In A Place for Everything, the popular historian paints alphabetisation as one of our most radical acts. . . Flanders retains a sense of fun . . . finds contemporary resonance in humanity's search for order. * i * Judith Flanders's A Place for Everything presents itself as a history of alphabetical order, but in fact it is more than that. Rather, as the title suggests, it offers something like a general history of the various ways humans have sorted and filed the world around them - a Collison -level view of the matter, in which alphabetical order is just one system among many.' -- Dennis Duncan * The Spectator * One of the many fascinations of Judith Flanders's book is that it reveals what a weird, unlikely creation the alphabet is. -- Joe Moran * Guardian * A library and academic essential. -- Libby Purves * The Times * Quirky and compelling . . . She is a meticulous historian with a taste for the offbeat; the story of the alphabet suits her well . . . Fascinating. -- Dan Jones * Sunday Times * Marvellous . . . I read it with astonished delight . . . It is equally scholarly and entertaining. -- Jan Morris


Praise for The Invention of Murder: Excellent, well written and hugely well informed -- Peter Lewis * Daily Mail * Praise for The Victorians: The voyage is unforgettable. -- Sarah Bakewell * Independent * Praise for The Making of a Home: All the vivid interest of something newly made strange. -- Lucy Hughes-Hallett * Sunday Times *


Author Information

Judith Flanders is the author of the bestselling The Victorian House: Domestic Life from Childbirth to Deathbed (2003); A Circle of Sisters (2001), which was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award; the New York Times bestselling The Invention of Murder (2001), shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction; The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens' London (2012), shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times History Book of the Year; The Making of Home (2014) and Christmas, A Biography (2017). In her copious leisure time, she also writes the Sam Clair series of comic crime novels.

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