Philip Gooden writes books about language as well as historical crime novels. The former include Who's Whose? A No-Nonsense Guide to Easily-Confused Words, The Story of English, and (as co-author) Idiomantics and The Word at War.
'Engrossing ... hugely informative and fun' Nudge Books. 'Written with wit and aplomb as he reveals the history and details on words as diverse as cwen, lust, delphinan and bathos ... It is a worthy addition for anyone with an etymological collection of books, and if you like Mark Forsyth this is right up your street' Half Man, Half Book Blog.