Alex Bellos

A must-have for anyone who enjoys doing crossword puzzles, cryptograms, Scrabble, or Sudoku. The Language Lover’s Puzzle Book is guaranteed to keep your brain on its toes and your tongue in a tangle of words.

A bewildering assortment of ancient, current, and even created languages, ranging from hieroglyphs to Blissymbolics, Danish to Dothraki, are explored by Bellos in search of mystery and the human element. This is a bravura collection of brainteasers and more, filled with odd alphabets, unique characters, and intriguing local practices for time-telling, naming children, and other activities. It’s a globe-trotting, time-traveling celebration of language that takes place throughout the world.