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Greek to Me

Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen

Mary Norris

The Comma Queen returns with a buoyant book about language, love, and the wine-dark sea.

In her New York Times bestseller Between You & Me, Mary Norris delighted readers with her irreverent tales of pencils and punctuation in the New Yorker’s celebrated copy department. In Greek to Me, she delivers another wise and funny paean to the art of self-expression, this time filtered through her greatest passion: all things Greek.

Greek to Me is a charming account of Norris’s lifelong love affair with words and her solo adventures in the land of olive trees and ouzo. Along the way, Norris explains how the alphabet originated in Greece, makes the case for Athena as a feminist icon, goes searching for the fabled Baths of Aphrodite, and reveals the surprising ways Greek helped form English. Filled with Norris’s memorable encounters with Greek words, Greek gods, Greek wine—and more than a few Greek men—Greek to Me is the Comma Queen’s fresh take on Greece and the exotic yet strangely familiar language that so deeply influences our own.

INTERVIEWS and REVIEWS

ABC Radio: Late Night Live (autoplay)
Australian (extract)($)
Minneapolis Star Tribune 
New Yorker [extract]
New Zealand Herald
NPR: Book Reviews 
Paris Review
(extract)


Mary Norris
About the Author

Mary Norris is the author of Greek to Me and the New York Times bestseller Between You & Me, an account of her years in the New Yorker copy department. Originally from Cleveland, she lives in New York. Her favourite pencil used to be the Dixon Ticonderoga No. 1, but she now makes do with the Palomino Blackwing.

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Extent:
240pp
Format:
Hardback
Text publication date:
2 April 2019
ISBN:
9781922268242
AU Price:
$27.99
NZ Price:
$35.00
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Praise for Mary Norris
andGreek to Me

‘An entertaining, erudite, and altogether delightful journey fueled by the love of language.’

‘What a fantastic book! Not only is Greek to Me educational, entertaining, and gorgeously written, it shows us how intellectual curiosity coupled with a dash of bravery can pave the way for a more meaningful life. Mary Norris does for Greek and Greece what Cheryl Strayed did for hiking. Readers will long to follow in her footsteps.’

‘I fell in love with Mary Norris’s first book, and am now even more in love with this charming, ribald, highly informed, and always funny excursion through the language, culture, and oddities of Greece and the Greek language. An adventure tale for intellectuals―and also for the rest of us.’

‘As a reader, I would follow the writer Mary Norris wherever she goes, and I found myself enthralled by this wondrous journey through Greek myths and language and art. Norris brings everything into the glimmering light―most of all the beauty of words.’

‘This book, rich in the history of language and the alphabet…takes us on a journey with the written and spoken word…It’s the alpha to omega of everything, really.’

Other editions ofGreek to Me
  • Greek to Me
    ebook
    ISBN: 9781925774962
    2 April 2019
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