ABOUT THIS BOOK: Stephen Fry hosts four programmes on the joys of the English language – as heard on BBC Radio 4.
Why does our language groan with the weight of puns? What exactly is a pun? And who, or what, is the Thief of Bad Gags?
The English language is chock-full of maritime metaphors: cock up, taken aback, chip on your shoulder, and show a leg. And, with the help of a Greek removals firm, we also find the origin of the word ‘metaphor’.
The uses and misuses of quotations are revealed, and there is also a frank confession from a quotation compiler, which we cannot divulge here.
Featuring sick parrots and the cliché crisis that affected the writing of Flaubert, Joyce, and Eliot, and helped shape modern language and culture.
MY THOUGHTS: I have just spent a delightful hour and three quarters gardening with Stephen Fry. Well I gardened and he educated me on the English language… puns, metaphors, quotations and cliches.
My neighbours must think me demented… ‘there she is, wandering around her garden, laughing again,’ I can hear them say. A friend of mine once said that she could listen to Stephen Fry reading the telephone directory. I am inclined to agree.
A fun and informative listen. And I do hope that my library is going to get the rest of the series.
THE AUTHOR: Stephen John Fry is an English comedian, writer, actor, humourist, novelist, poet, columnist, filmmaker, television personality and technophile. As one half of the Fry and Laurie double act with his comedy partner, Hugh Laurie, he has appeared in A Bit of Fry and Laurie and Jeeves and Wooster. He is also famous for his roles in Blackadder and Wilde, and as the host of QI. In addition to writing for stage, screen, television and radio he has contributed columns and articles for numerous newspapers and magazines, and has also written four successful novels and a series of memoirs.
DISCLOSURE: I listened to the audiobook of Fry’s English Delight, narrated by Stephen Fry, published by BBC Audiobooks, via Overdrive.
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