Reviews

  • "Full of well-I-never insights... A lively, intelligent and persuasive history of speech...Expertly and patiently explained"

    Laura Freeman, The Times
  • "Fascinating... Illuminating… The book draws on the latest scientific research and is studded with arresting statistics... [Cox] wears his learning lightly... A rewarding read... Cox knows how to make his subject sing. And the narrative is enlivened by colourful anecdotes."

    Sebastian Shakespeare, Daily Mail
  • "[T]his is a continually interesting and instructive account of our conversational abilities, and a much needed exposé of our remarkable incapacity to infer anything from each other’s talk."

    Harry Ritchie, The Spectator
  • "[A] fascinating examination of how the nature of voices invoke prejudice and preconceptions"

    Adrian Woolfson, New Statesman
  • "A brain-pleasing and entertaining read. Cox’s passion for his subject comes through on every page. An entertaining read for anybody."

    Abi Jackson, UK Press Syndication
  • "Cox's investigation sweeps from the putative protolanguage of human ancestor Homo heidelbergensis to the likelihood of creative algorithmic discourse."

    Nature
  • "An epic and multi-stranded tale… Cox ably and entertainingly explores the political and cultural dimensions of how we speak"

    Simon Ings, New Scientist
  • "This is a book overflowing with knowledge, and delight in it"

    James McConnachie, Sunday Times, **Books of the Year**
  • "Epic… Cox keeps the tone accessible with pop-culture references throughout, revealing Cox’s taste in music and film"

    James Dacey, Physics World
  • "Filled with remarkable insights and evidence from current research, Cox’s illuminating survey takes the reader on a fascinating journey"

    PD Smith, Guardian

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