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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Guardian style guru lists Wordlady in Top 20 language blogs

David Marsh, longtime editor and style guru at the prestigious English newspaper The Guardian, and part of the witty two-person-and-a-dog team at the Guardian Style Guide twitter feed (@guardianstyle), will be launching his new book this week, For Who the Bell Tolls: One Man's Quest for Grammatical Perfection. 
Among the features is a "Top 20 Language Books and Blogs" list, and Wordlady is one of them!

The book is available this week through amazon.co.uk:
and amazon.com:

and will be released in Canada on January 28, 2014. Available for pre-order now:

Do you want to know more about the amazing story of the English language? Sign up for my course starting in January 2014. More info here.

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Canada's Word Lady, Katherine Barber is an expert on the English language and a frequent guest on radio and television. She was Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary. Her witty and informative talks on the stories behind our words are very popular. Contact her at wordlady.barber@gmail.com to book her for speaking engagements; she can tailor her talks to almost any subject. She is also available as an expert witness for lawsuits.