Reviews

  • "In his relentless campaign to drag slang out of the sewer and brothel, and into the drawing-room and academy, Green has no rival. He is the Dr Johnson of slang, its Putin, its Mr Toad, its Dickens."

    Nicholas Shakespeare, Sunday Telegraph
  • "[Green's] kaleidoscopic memoir charting three decades exploring our mother tongue's more exotic margins is vigorous, gonzoid, learned and entertaining."

    David Profumo, Literary Review
  • "This memoir of a life spent exploring the grubby margins of the English language reveals plenty about both that language and Green himself."

    Spectator
  • "[A] rollicking memoir."

    Iain Finlayson, Saga
  • "Unusual… Moving… Magnificent."

    Sam Leith, Guardian