Americanisms have been slyly coloring the English language for centuries, and this practice must stop. Period.
Matthew Engel is a journalist and author. He writes regularly for the Guardian and Financial Times, among other publications, and was the editor of the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack for twelve years. He is also a baseball enthusiast. His books include Eleven Minutes Late: A Train Journey to the Soul of Britain, Extracts from the Red Notebooks and Engel's England: Thirty-nine Counties, One Capital and One Man (Profile, 2014) .
An acerbically witty and entertaining survey ... a work of stubborn persistence, or resistance. * Sunday Times *
One of journalism's great exponents of English English. -- Peter Preston * Guardian *
Throughout his entertaining history, Engel argues for a stout forward defence against this onslaught of "cool" and "fun" and "you guys". -- Tim Adams * The Guardian *
Highly entertaining. * Spectator *
Engel [hunts] down his prey like a linguistic witchfinder-general ... short-tempered but consistently witty. -- John Sutherland * New Statesman *
Praise for Engel's England: 'Wry, rueful, funny, packed with knowledge, and, like all good reporting, entirely personal and subjective, it is simply the most enjoyable commentary on today's England that could be imagined. * Sunday Times *
Highly personal and very funny * London Review of Books *
The great pleasure in the book - for Engel as much as the reader - is in his love of the entertaining factual nugget * Financial Times *
Engel has the perfect light, humorous touch for the task. * New Statesman *
Immensely enjoyable... Engel is a wonderfully wry comic writer. * The Guardian *