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Author Williams, Pip, 1969- author.

Title The dictionary of lost words : a novel / Pip Williams. [Axis 360 electronic resource]

Edition Unabridged.
Publication Info. New York, New York : Random House Audio, [2021]
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Description 1 online resource (1 audio file)
Playing Time 111100
Description digital rda
audio file rda
Summary Esme is born into a world of words. Motherless and irrepressibly curious, she spends her childhood in the Scriptorium, a garden shed in Oxford where her father and a team of dedicated lexicographers are collecting words for the very first Oxford English Dictionary . Young Esme's place is beneath the sorting table, unseen and unheard. One day a slip of paper containing the word bondmaid flutters beneath the table. She rescues the slip, and when she learns that the word means -- slave girl -- she begins to collect other words that have been discarded or neglected by the dictionary men. As she grows up, Esme realizes that words and meanings relating to women's and common folks' experiences often go unrecorded. And so she begins in earnest to search out words for her own dictionary: the Dictionary of Lost Words. To do so she must leave the sheltered world of the university and venture out to meet the people whose words will fill those pages. Set during the height of the women's suffrage movement and with the Great War looming, The Dictionary of Lost Words reveals a lost narrative, hidden between the lines of a history written by men. Inspired by actual events, author Pip Williams has delved into the archives of the Oxford English Dictionary to tell this highly original story.
Note Downloadable audio file.
System Details Requires Axis 360 app.
Performer Read by Pippa Bennett-Warner.
Subject Lexicographers -- Fiction.
Oxford English dictionary -- Fiction.
Lexicographers -- Fiction -- Sound recordings.
Suffragists -- England -- Fiction -- Sound recordings.
Encyclopedias and dictionaries -- England -- Oxford -- History -- Fiction -- Sound recordings.
English language -- Fiction -- Sound recordings.
Language and culture -- Fiction -- Sound recordings.
Twentieth century -- Fiction -- Sound recordings.
Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 20th century -- Fiction -- Sound recordings.
Oxford (England) -- Fiction -- Sound recordings.
England -- Fiction -- Sound recordings.
Genre Biographical fiction.
Historical fiction.
Added Author Bennett-Warner, Pippa, 1988- narrator.
ISBN 9780593345061
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