Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Mark Forsyth - Book Giveaway

I had the pleasure of meeting the excellent Mark Forsyth last summer, when we did an event together at the Highgate and Hampstead Literary Festival. We were giving advice on how to turn blogs into books. I'm not quite sure how good our advice was, as my book happened entirely by accident, and Mark claims he got very drunk at a book launch and threatened a publisher into publishing him. *cough* Anyway.

Mark's first book, The Etymologicon, was a #1 Sunday Times bestseller, and the Horologicon had equal success. They're both fantastic books on the origin of words, and words that have slipped out of usage. For instance, bibliopolistically means 'in a manner befitting a bookseller”. I plan to use it in everyday conversation. You can read more in my interview with Mark over here.

Mark's new book came out the other week, The Elements of Eloquence: How To Turn the Perfect English Phrase, and I have a copy to give away, here, on the blog. The giveaway is open worldwide, and closes at midnight Saturday 30th November. To enter, please just leave a comment on this blog post, and a winner will be picked at random. :)

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In an age unhealthily obsessed with substance, this is a book on the importance of pure style, from the bestselling author of The Etymologicon and The Horologicon. From classic poetry to pop lyrics and from the King James Bible to advertising slogans, Mark Forsyth explains the secrets that make a phrase - such as 'Tiger, Tiger, burning bright', or 'To be or not to be' - memorable. In his inimitably entertaining and witty style he takes apart famous lines and shows how you too can write like Shakespeare or Oscar Wilde. Whether you're aiming for literary immortality or just an unforgettable one-liner, The Elements of Eloquence proves that you don't need to have anything to say - you simply need to say it well.

23 comments:

  1. Hi!
    Wow, when I worked in a bookstore, I've had the pleasure of secretly reading the Etymologicon. Until people started to take my recommendation and bought all the copies...
    New book? Awesome!!!!!
    I'd love to read and finish this one :)
    Greetings and my deepest respect to the writer!

    Ági from Hungary

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  2. I love my copy of the Etymologicon & Forsyth's Horologicon is high on my Christmas wish-list!
    Shall be keeping my fingers tightly crossed for this one!
    Thanks for the opportunity :-D

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  3. Forsyth is a fantastic writer, I loved his work in the Etymologicon!

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  4. I've somehow managed to not know about those books until now. Off to check out the first two, but would be lovely to win this one :)

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  5. Giving books away? How unbibliopolistical.

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  6. I need some assistance with my eloquence.

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  7. I really enjoyed The Etymologicon - thought it was fascinating. I'm looking forward to reading The Elements of Eloquence too.

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  8. He turned a blog on the origin of words into a best selling book? Definitely want to look into Mark Forsyth's work.

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  9. Because The Etymologicon has been my dear friend on my night cupboard.

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  10. I got the Horologicon around Christmas last year because it was so pretty!
    Totally expected a rather straightforward lexicon of old words but Forsyth's writing is absolutely wonderful!!

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  11. Go litel book. He's my hero.
    Google his YouTube which is not accepted in this comment box


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  12. What a fascinating experience. I can think of nothing better than being able to lose myself and my time in finding the origin of words.

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  13. Excellent - another book by the awesome Mark Forsyth just in time for my birthday! :)

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  14. I've read The Horologicon by Mark Forsyth and it was great. Can't wait to get my hands on this one! I'm getting it anyway, but winning it would be a super awesome early Christmas present.

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  15. I've been looking for a book like this. Definitely adding to my 'to read' list!

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  16. Since I'm interested in translation, I would love to have this book! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  17. I love all of Mark Forsyth's works and this will be a great addition to my collection!

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  18. I have herd so much about Mark Forsyth's work, that i would really love to have the chance to discover it!

    Would it be possible to enter me for this amazing giveaway? Thank you so much x

    {Email ~ lfountain1(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk }

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  19. This books sounds like such a great read! I've been wanting to read a book by the author but still haven't had the chance...
    But this book will definitely improve the way I speak and write which is great because I'm studying Languages and Cultures at University.
    Thanks so much for giving away a copy! :)

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  20. I started following his Inky Fool blog about the same time I started following yours. Now when any of the books you've both written is mentioned, I make out that I 'know' you in the blogosphere!! 8-)

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  21. Hi guys - thanks for entering :) The winner (picked using a random number generator) was Nicole.

    For those who didn't win, I highly recommend checking out Mark's books; they're informative and extremely witty.

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