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The Dictionary of Lost Words

Narrated by: Imogen Sage
Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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In 1901, the word bondmaid was discovered missing from the Oxford English Dictionary. This is the story of the girl who stole it.

Motherless and irrepressibly curious, Esme spends her childhood in the Scriptorium, a garden shed in Oxford where her father and a team of lexicographers are gathering words for the very first Oxford English Dictionary. Esme’s place is beneath the sorting table, unseen and unheard. One day, she sees a slip containing the word bondmaid flutter to the floor unclaimed. Esme begins to collect other words from the Scriptorium that are misplaced, discarded or have been neglected by the dictionary men. 

Over time, Esme realises that some words are considered more important than others - that words and meanings relating to women’s experiences often go unrecorded. She begins to collect words for another dictionary: The Dictionary of Lost Words.

Set when the women’s suffrage movement was at its height and the Great War loomed, The Dictionary of Lost Words reveals a lost narrative, hidden between the lines of a history written by men.

©2020 Pip Williams (P)2020 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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I loved every second of this wonderful story. Full of heart and the narration is perfect. This has become a new favourite for me

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Wonderful story, strange narration at times

I really appreciate the story, the characters & the history of this novel, it’s really fantastic. The fact that the narrator continues to mispronounce names & words, though, becomes quite strange over time as she’ll pronounce them correctly for a while & then it just goes all over the place. Not something that I’ve ever experienced in an audiobook.

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