Hitchings offers us a highly entertaining guided tour...anyone interested in dictionaries, Dr Johnson or the English language will surely spend many happy hours with this book
Ingenious and fascinating
Immensely enjoyable, easily erudite
I can warmly recommend Henry Hitching's book...affectionate in its portrayal of Johnson, the book itself is immensely likeable, written with serious intent and gentle good humour.
Lively and entertaining
A pleasant stroll, with a genial guide, through Johnson's life
Clever, wittily-written and amusingly-arranged
A rich, lively and attractive book.
Hitchings writes with Johnsonian clarity and verve ... This is a charming book
'A clever, sympathetic and witty sketch of both man and book.'
'A goldmine of pleasures...Hitchings has an infectious relish for words' - Phil Baker
'Full of elegance and nail-on-the-head wit'
'Hitchings has produced an absorbing account of Johnson's Dictionary that is as likeable as it is learned'
'Full of serendipitous felicities'
'Hitchings excellent book is both a great potted guide to the dictionary and its creation, and a marvellous biography of Johnson...A must-have for devotees of the English Language'
'Excellent... Hitching's book is full of serendipitous felicities'
'In [Johnson's] description of "dull" he writes: "Not exhilarating; not delightful; as, to make dictionaries is dull work." Nobody could describe Hitching's book as dull'
'This story is a pleasurable stroll through Johnson's life, and combines elements of biography with social history and an examination of Johnson's concerns, illustrated by examples from the great work itself.'
'Memorable passages on a range of fascinating subjects.'
'An engaging profile of one of London's great characters'
'Henry Hitchings (a fine 18th-century name that) is a remarkable young scholar of the age of Johnson, and his DR JOHNSON'S DICTIONARY, arranged alphabetically like the eponymous original whose 250th anniversary it celebrates, offers an entertaining window on this most fascinating character and his times'
'Entertaining study...The great strength of Hitching's book is the compliment he pays to Johnson by so lavishly quoting from the Dictionary'
'Hitchings has written a lively and appetite-whetting biography of the great book itself...one of the most fascinating and influential literary endeavours in the history of English literature'
'Henry Hitchings' book on Samuel Johnson's mighty Dictionary is so good, so apposite, so chewy and edible, that I felt as if I were rereading it on my first pass'
'Hugely entertaining, it's a real treat for word lovers'
'The author is to be congratulated on narrating the drudgery of the dictionary's compilation so engagingly'
'The author has followed ably in the footsteps of his subject, producing a witty and learned book on a man whose work shaped, and continues to shape, the way we speak and think'
'An extraordinary read'
'This is a delightful book about an extraordinary man. I suspect Dr Johnson himself would have approved... and there's no greater praise than that'
'A lively and appetite-whetting biography of the great book'
'Henry Hitchings's book is lively, erudite and enriched with colourful anecdotes - a masterful account of one of the greatest literary triumphs of the eighteenth century'
'This is a delightful book about an extraordinary man. I suspect Dr Johnson himself would have approved . . . and there's no greater praise than that'