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The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language (original 2003; edition 2011)
by Melvyn Bragg
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English is understood by around two thousand million people across the world. Yet it was very nearly wiped out in its early years. Melvyn Bragg explores the story of the English language - from its beginnings as a minor Germanic dialect to its position today as a truly established global language.
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