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. :)
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.