The Twelve Days of Christmas: The Naming of the Shrew by John Wright

It’s day seven of our Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway and today Gordon Wise has chosen his perfect Christmas book to give away.  Just visit our @CBBookGroup Twitter page for your chance to win.

The Naming of the Shrew

The Naming of the Shrew by John Wright, chosen by Gordon Wise, Senior Literary Agent at Curtis Brown

Gordon Wise“Who knew that Latin could be fun? In this beautiful hardback River Cottage forager and natural historian John Wright reveals the true and amazing stories of how and why some of the world’s most interesting flora and fauna got their strange Latin names, from the first dinosaur in the phone book to the beetle that shares its name with an Oscar winning film star.

John Wright proves that Latin can be enjoyable after all – intimidating, incomprehensible, unmemorable and unpronounceable maybe, but familiarity with just a few examples can open up a world of historical, personal, etymological and scientific interest and intrigue. This is the first book to lead you through the astonishing and labyrinthine world of taxonomy to an understanding of its arcane methods, its eccentric perpetrators and the fascinating organisms it describes.

Written with wit and charm, this is ideal Boxing Day fodder for lazing with in front of the fire, or it could even be your secret weapon in advance of the annual dusting off of the Trivial Pursuit box. You never know where this joyful compendium might lead you, one moment you’ll be taken to classical Greece, the next exploring the Enlightenment – and that, for me, is why John Wright’s The Naming of the Shrew is the perfect Christmas gift.”

For your chance to win a copy of The Naming of the Shrew – for yourself or to giveaway – just vist our @CBBookGroup Twitter page on Tuesday 9th December and retweet or favourite one of our promotional tweets about the book.  We will be announcing one lucky winner on our Twitter page on Wednesday 10th December, so stay tuned.

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