dissabte, 11 d’abril de 2009


The chairman of Foyles bookshop lives in an abbey, surrounded by the memories of kings, queens and monks - not to mention assorted ghosts and an organ once played by Handel.
For nearl twenty years, Christopher Foyle has been collecting interesting and unusual words, both ancient and modern. This ever-growing collection evolved into the well-known and acclaimed Foyle's Philavery, now followed by Foyle's Further Philavery.
I happen to be one of those people who love these kinds of books, though unfortunately they frequently get lost in the melange of frippery that is located around the checkout counter at better bookstores. Anyway, Foyle, who happens to own such a bookstore in London, has collected a fair-sized book's worth of odd and distinctive words, his favorite of which is "kakistocracy, a system of government where the rulers are the least competent, least qualified or most unprincipled citizens".
The word philavery was invented to describe this book a collection of words chosen simply on the grounds of their aesthetic appeal.
It is a celebration of fascinating words, chosen for their aptness, obscurity, quirkiness or euphony, will delight all logophiles and bibliomaniacs.
Christopher Foyle's books reflect his passion for the overlooked gems in the English lexicon.