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  • Published: 14 November 2016
  • ISBN: 9781910931264
  • Imprint: Square Peg
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $37.00

Speaking in Tongues

Curious Expressions from Around the World




From the author of the bestselling Lost in Translation, an exquisite illustrated compendium of not quite translatable sayings from across the globe

Ever feel like you are pedalling in the choucroute? Been caught with your beard in the mailbox again? Or maybe you just wish everyone would stop ironing your head?

Speaking in Tongues brings the weird, wonderful and surprising nuanced beauty of language to life with over fifty gorgeous watercolour and ink illustrations.

Here you will find the perfect romantic expression, such as the Spanish tu eres mi media naranja, or 'you are the love of my life, my soulmate', and the bizarre, including dancing bears and broken pots, feeding donkeys sponge cake, a head full of crickets, and clouds and radishes. All encourage new ways of thinking about the world around us, and breathe magnificent life into the everyday.

These phrases from across the world are ageless and endlessly enchanting, passed down through generations. Now they are yours.

  • Pub date: 14 November 2016
  • ISBN: 9781910931264
  • Imprint: Square Peg
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $37.00

About the Author

Ella Frances Sanders

Ella Frances Sanders is a writer out of necessity and an illustrator by accident. She currently lives and works in the city of Bath, UK, without a cat.

Her first book, Lost in Translation - An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words is an international bestseller, and her second book The Illustrated Book of Sayings - Curious Expressions from Around the World was published in September 2016.

She can be found at ellafrancessanders.com and various other social media places

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