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9781804183946

Guilty by Definition

Guilty by Definition

by Susie Dent

Publisher Zaffre

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  • UK First Edition, First Printing


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About the book

The debut linguistic mystery novel from Countdown's resident lexicographer, Susie Dent.

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'A TANTALISING MYSTERY FOR WORD SLEUTHS AND CRIME FANS ALIKE' JANICE HALLETT

She'd known there would be ghosts in Oxford. Martha wasn't afraid of any headless horsemen, or nuns haunting the local ruins; it was Charlie, always Charlie she was afraid would find her.

When an anonymous letter is delivered to the Clarendon English Dictionary, it is rapidly clear that this is not the usual lexicographical enquiry. Instead, the letter hints at secrets and lies linked to a particular year.

For Martha Thornhill, the new senior editor, the date can mean only one thing: the summer her brilliant older sister Charlie went missing.

After a decade abroad, Martha has returned home to the city whose ancient institutions have long defined her family. Have the ghosts she left behind her been waiting for her return?

When more letters arrive, and Martha and her team pull apart the complex clues within them, the mystery becomes ever more insistent and troubling. It seems Charlie had been keeping a powerful secret, and someone is trying to lead the lexicographers towards the truth. But other forces are no less desperate to keep it well and truly buried.

'KEPT ME READING EAGERLY' PHILIP PULLMAN

'HUGE FUN AND, AS YOU'D EXPECT, ALSO BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN' GYLES BRANDRETH

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About the Author

Susie Dent

Susie Dent is the resident word expert in Dictionary Corner on C4's Countdown and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, has been on every programme about words: 15 x 15, Word of Mouth, More or Less; and is a regular panellist on R4's Wordaholics. Susie also writes a weekly column for the Radio Times, reviews for the Spectator and has over 86,000 followers on Twitter. This is the book she has always wanted to write.

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