"In his relentless campaign to drag slang out of the sewer and brothel, and into the drawing-room and academy, Green has no rival. He is the Dr Johnson of slang, its Putin, its Mr Toad, its Dickens." -- Nicholas Shakespeare Sunday Telegraph "[Green's] kaleidoscopic memoir charting three decades exploring our mother tongue's more exotic margins is vigorous, gonzoid, learned and entertaining." -- David Profumo Literary Review "This memoir of a life spent exploring the grubby margins of the English language reveals plenty about both that language and Green himself." Spectator "[A] rollicking memoir." -- Iain Finlayson Saga "Unusual... Moving... Magnificent." -- Sam Leith Guardian
About the Author
Jonathon Green is the author of the Cassell Dictionary of Slang (1998) and Green's Dictionary of Slang (2010), for which he was awarded the 2012 Dartmouth Medal for the most outstanding reference work of the year. He has also written a history of lexicography, Chasing the Sun (1996), the legendary oral history of the British counterculture, Days in the Life (1988), several other oral histories and All Dressed Up: The Sixties and the Counterculture (1998). He lives in London and Paris.