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  • Crisp, taut, and as clear as a bell ... a fascinating story with many a beguiling subplot along the way.

    New Scientist
  • The story of how [the alphabet] came into being is a fascinating one and Man is the ideal writer to tell it. His scholarship seems boundless... he also has a journalist's ear for a story... straight out of Indiana Jones

    Times Educational Supplement
  • Absorbing tale ... many surprises on the way.

    Sunday Telegraph
  • A scholarly and fascinating history of the alphabet, from hieroglyphics to letters, and its dissemination from culture to culture and from past to present

    The Times

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