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Publisher's Summary

National treasure and renowned wit Stephen Fry explores the highways and byways of the English language in these celebrated programmes. 

In each episode, Fry explores the oddities and celebrates the curiosities of the language we use. His love of words is indulged with infectious enthusiasm and intellectual curiosity at all times. 

From puns and metaphors to clichés and gibberish, this famously witty, incisive and engaging series explores the joys of the English language.

As an Audio Show - free for members - when you add Fry's English Delight (Series 1) to your library, you'll get all four episodes, each with a runtime of about 30 minutes.

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  • JBO
  • Sydney
  • 06-08-2018

Fun and interesting

The magic behind the English language which we all take for granted. Particularly liked the chapter on Metaphors.

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  • Graham Dunne
  • 21-02-2018

Great fun...

If you could sum up Fry's English Delight (Series 1) in three words, what would they be?

as delightful as an English "Fry" on a Sunday morning... you'll need to listen to understand :-)

What does Stephen Fry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I'd listen to Steven Fry talk about paint drying... he's wonderful

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Sea Metaphors!!!! :-)

Any additional comments?

Listen to it...

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  • Simon
  • 03-08-2018

Charming as Ever!

Stephen Fry and the rich tapestry that is the English language; it's hard to imagine that being a bad combination and this show demonstrates just why. Fry may be a bit of a posh bloke who admits to enjoying a pee in the shower but he's a national treasure as far as I am concerned. In this series he tackles puns and cliches with equal aplomb and I definitely learned a thing or two about the English language. A thoroughly pleasant and engaging listen.

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  • Meera
  • 29-09-2018

Informative

A highly informative series on a number of things within the English language, using a number of highly credible sources. There is very little of Stephen Fry compared to the sources speaking. It is still interesting to hear about the sources of words and phrases. You need to be in a mood to listen however otherwise the subtle humor can be lost on you. Very much for those interested in words than anyone else.

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