The Language Lover’s Puzzle Book: Lexical perplexities and cracking conundrums from across the globe

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The Language Lover’s Puzzle Book: Lexical perplexities and cracking conundrums from across the globe by Alex Bellos

From the bestselling author of Alex's Adventures in Numberland and Can You Solve My Problems? comes a fascinating, hugely entertaining collection of puzzles for crossword addicts and language-lovers of all stripes.

‘The only puzzle book I’ve seen that manages to befuddle both sides of the brain at the same time.’


‘Such fun, full of unexpected ideas and charmingly written.’


Can you decipher the code of a long-lost civilization? Or solve riddles in runes? Or will you get lost in translation?

Crossing continents and borders, bestselling puzzle author Alex Bellos has gathered more than one hundred of the world’s best conundrums that celebrate the rich diversity of human language and culture, all while testing your deduction, intuition and street smarts.

'For all the language and puzzle fans in your life!' GRETCHEN McCULLOCH

'A cornucopia of ingenious and insightful challenges.' DAVID CRYSTAL

'This compendium of puzzles is a great idea.' MICHAEL ROSEN

'You'll love what Alex Bellos has done here.' GYLES BRANDRETH

'Tantalisting.' THE ECONOMIST

'The perfect way to pass the time.' BBC SCIENCE FOCUS

The Language Lover’s Puzzle Book - About the Author

Alex Bellos is an author and broadcaster whose specialises in mathematics and Brazil. When he was the Guardian's correspondent in South America he wrote Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life, a look at contemporary Brazil seen through soccer. It was a huge critical success, and led to his being asked to ghostwrite Pelé: The Autobiography. He is also the author of the popular math books Here's Looking at Euclid and The Grapes of Math, which were both international bestsellers. The former has had more than 20 translations and won awards.

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    12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm

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  • Book Publication Date

    2 Sept. 2021

  • Book Publisher

    Guardian Faber Publishing

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