Reviews

  • Absorbing and engagingly written. . . Costa is a charming and witty guide. This is a rigorous book about complex science but Costa has a winningly informal style, a deadpan wit, and mixes laboratory findings of cognitive neuropsychology with examples from everyday life, TV programmes, sports and politics

    Patrick McGuinness, Guardian
  • Enlightening and astonishing. . . very readable: the prose is gentle, anecdotal, witty, personal and balanced. . . Albert Costa (a Catalan-Spanish bilingual) died last year, and this book is a great testimony to his lifetime of research into the subject

    Tobias Jones, Observer
  • Fascinating. . . This engaging book explores just how multiple languages are acquired and sorted out by the brain. . . Costa's work derives from a great fund of knowledge, considerable curiosity and solidly scientific spirit

    Philip Hensher, Spectator
  • Absorbing. . . Amiably written, and reader-friendly even when delving into the minutiae of bilingualism, this compact but data-dense book throws out some intriguing ideas about the relationship of dual-language use to attitudes and behaviour

    Boyd Tonkin, Arts Desk
  • A clear and approachable study by a renowned neurologist

    Prospect
  • A fascinating primer on the science of language. . . Anyone with an inquisitive mind and an interest in language in general, and certainly bilingualism specifically, will find this book a compelling read

    Victoria Murphy, TES
  • Neuropsychologist Albert Costa spent two decades exploring bilingualism, and his book offers surprising insights

    BBC Science Focus

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