Philip Gooden


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Philip GoodenPhilip Gooden taught English for many years.  His non-fiction books include literature guides for students, popular reference titles Who’s Whose: A No-Nonsense Guide to Easily Confused Words, Faux Pas: A No-Nonsense Guide to Words and Phrases from Other Languages, Name Dropping: An A to Z Guide to the Use of Names in Everyday Language, Idiomantics: The Weird World of Popular Phrases,  The Word at War: World War Two in 100 Phrases and Skyscrapers, Hemlines and the Eddie Murphy Rule: Life’s Hidden Laws, Rules and Theories for Bloomsbury and The Story of English for Quercus.

He won the HRH Duke of Edinburgh English Speaking Union’s English Language Prize for 2006.  He also writes fiction and is the author of the Nick Revill series, a sequence of six historical mysteries set in Elizabethan and Jacobean London during the time of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre which has been re-released in 2020. In addition he has written another series set in Chaucer’s time.  He also writes 19th century mysteries, most recently The Durham Deception and The Ely Testament.  He is a member of the Medieval Murderers group who together have written some ten titles for Simon & Schuster.

Philip’s most recent book for Head of Zeus is called called May We Borrow Your Language? How English has stolen, snaffled, purloined, pilfered, appropriated and looted words from all four corners of the world.

Philip was recently commissioned by Sweet Cherry to adapt ten of Dickens’ novels for children.

Philip’s most recent book, published by Little Brown is another fascinating book about language entitled Bad Words and what they say about us.

The Word at War was featured in Gary Nunn’s Mind Your Language blog.

To read the piece, please click on the below link.

Philip Gooden and Peter Lewis talk about Idiomantics
(Youtube clip. See here if you have problems viewing the video.)

The Coffee Pot Book Club: Join me in conversation with Historical Fiction author, Philip Gooden                                                                                                              




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The Durham Deception