List Price: $17.00 Details

The List Price is the suggested retail price of a new product as provided by a manufacturer, supplier, or seller. Except for books, Amazon will display a List Price if the product was purchased by customers on Amazon or offered by other retailers at or above the List Price in at least the past 90 days. List prices may not necessarily reflect the product's prevailing market price.
Learn more
Save: $6.04 (36%)
Get Fast, Free Shipping with Amazon Prime FREE Returns
Return this item for free
  • Free returns are available for the shipping address you chose. You can return the item for any reason in new and unused condition: no shipping charges
  • Learn more about free returns.
FREE delivery Wednesday, December 14 if you spend $25 on items shipped by Amazon
Arrives before Christmas
In Stock.
As an alternative, the Kindle eBook is available now and can be read on any device with the free Kindle app. Want to listen? Try Audible.
[{"displayPrice":"$10.96","priceAmount":10.96,"currencySymbol":"$","integerValue":"10","decimalSeparator":".","fractionalValue":"96","symbolPosition":"left","hasSpace":false,"showFractionalPartIfEmpty":true,"offerListingId":"dWoZOdJoT5U7cTdFGgeWEkIaHXoUSCKH1W%2Bw3L2wrjoNHEY8XPfIATMq0dOPaKOL1MFHJD67Dog4hIF3%2B1WaSzG4zLd60yLs9n%2BjQW4IwPK%2Btv2WAl6kNbVGPjtoW%2BCRiXhyli2Wa3QwJlbsmzfJyQ%3D%3D","locale":"en-US","buyingOptionType":"NEW"},{"displayPrice":"$6.82","priceAmount":6.82,"currencySymbol":"$","integerValue":"6","decimalSeparator":".","fractionalValue":"82","symbolPosition":"left","hasSpace":false,"showFractionalPartIfEmpty":true,"offerListingId":"ipccMZ6XgS5JQB%2BXAOjTKI41hWV%2B4V4eD%2FgAnV7xtSditoMJh%2B9nn9LggPtNsol4T9DTlOEaxe5N1MiOJX1Qm1FWI3PkdwIpXTQofJVyn7W72KYD7Gg9LSGZU4xO4vTa0Gt2I2GxasQ%2FATi3qIuNBaRwWx%2FESzqyvb8KpBsUHNAfqxYJ4ioTnw%3D%3D","locale":"en-US","buyingOptionType":"USED"}]
$$10.96 () Includes selected options. Includes initial monthly payment and selected options. Details
Price
Subtotal
$$10.96
Subtotal
Initial payment breakdown
Shipping cost, delivery date, and order total (including tax) shown at checkout.
Your transaction is secure
We work hard to protect your security and privacy. Our payment security system encrypts your information during transmission. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Learn more
Ships from
Amazon.com
Sold by
Amazon.com
Ships from
Amazon.com
Sold by
Amazon.com
Return policy: Returnable until Jan 31, 2023
For the 2022 holiday season, returnable items purchased between October 11 and December 25, 2022 can be returned until January 31, 2023.
The Dictionary of Lost Wo... has been added to your Cart
$3.99 delivery December 14 - 21. Details
Or fastest delivery December 13 - 16. Details
Arrives before Christmas
Used: Acceptable | Details
Condition: Used: Acceptable
Comment: Cover has some rubbing and edgewear. Access codes, CD's, and other accessories may not be included. All items ship Mon-Fri
Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items.
Have one to sell?
Other Sellers on Amazon
Added
$11.09
+ $3.99 shipping
Sold by: BookSeller USA, LLC
Sold by: BookSeller USA, LLC
(43935 ratings)
89% positive over last 12 months
In stock.
Usually ships within 4 to 5 days.
Shipping rates and Return policy
Added
$16.53
& FREE Shipping
Sold by: MyPrepbooks
Sold by: MyPrepbooks
(282 ratings)
98% positive over last 12 months
In Stock.
Shipping rates and Return policy
Added
$17.86
& FREE Shipping
Sold by: Book Depository US
Sold by: Book Depository US
(946084 ratings)
91% positive over last 12 months
In stock.
Usually ships within 3 to 4 days.
Shipping rates and Return policy
Loading your book clubs
There was a problem loading your book clubs. Please try again.
Not in a club? Learn more
Amazon book clubs early access

Join or create book clubs

Choose books together

Track your books
Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free.
Kindle app logo image

Download the free Kindle app and start reading Kindle books instantly on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Learn more

Read instantly on your browser with Kindle Cloud Reader.

Using your mobile phone camera - scan the code below and download the Kindle app.

QR code to download the Kindle App

Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more

Follow the Author

Something went wrong. Please try your request again later.

The Dictionary of Lost Words: A Novel Paperback – Big Book, May 3, 2022

4.4 out of 5 stars 18,442 ratings

Price
New from Used from
Kindle
Paperback, Big Book
$10.96
$10.96 $6.25

Enhance your purchase


"Stay" by Catherine Ryan Hyde for $6.99
An unforgettable novel about the power of friendship and kindness by the New York Times bestselling author of Pay It Forward.| Learn more

Frequently bought together

  • The Dictionary of Lost Words: A Novel
  • +
  • The Personal Librarian
  • +
  • Lessons in Chemistry: A Novel
Total price:
To see our price, add these items to your cart.
Choose items to buy together.
Popular Highlights in this book

From the Publisher

Editorial Reviews

Review

“A beautiful exploration of history and the power of language. For anybody who loves words and celebrates them, this subversive story weaves together love, loss and literature in a perfectly lyrical way.”—Reese Witherspoon (Reese’s Book Club May ’22 Pick)

“This remarkable novel tries to rectify a glaring oversight in the historical accounts of the first
Oxford English Dictionary—the contributions of women . . . without whom the English language wouldn’t have evolved as fully and colorfully as it has.”Boston magazine

“Enchanting, sorrowful, and wonderfully written, the book is a one-of-a-kind celebration of language and its importance in our lives. A must-have.”
Library Journal (starred review)

“In Williams’s exuberant, meticulously researched debut, the daughter of a lexicographer devotes her life to an alternative dictionary. . . . Williams’s feminist take on language will move readers.”
Publishers Weekly

“Williams turns history as we know it on its head in this delightful debut, spotlighting those women and their contributions, using the awe-inspiring power of words themselves to illuminate them.”
Newsweek

“[A] masterfully written, beautiful first novel that tells a fascinating story of language, love and loss.”
—Historical Novel Society

“The writing is glorious; I dog-eared many pages as I read, marking passages that helped me see words in a new way.”
Manhattan Book Review (starred review)

“The novel you’ve been waiting for without even realizing it . . . Williams will convince you of a word’s importance in a most lovely and charismatic story.”
Bookreporter

“A lexicographer’s dream of a novel, this is a lovely book to get lost in, an imaginative love letter to dictionaries.”
Booklist

“Williams provides readers with detailed background and biographical information pointing to extensive research about the [
Oxford English Dictionary] and its editors, many of whom appear as characters in Esme’s life. The result is a satisfying amalgam of truth and historical fiction.”Kirkus Reviews

“In the annals of lexicography, no more imaginative, delightful, charming, and clever book has yet been written.”
—Simon Winchester, author of The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary

“What a novel of words, their adventure, and their capacity to define and, above all, challenge the world. There will not be this year a more original novel published. I just know it.”
—Thomas Keneally, author of Schindler’s List

“What a compelling, fresh look at historical women! This marvelous exploration into the ways in which spoken and written language impact us is a delight and an education.”
—Marie Benedict, author of The Mystery of Mrs. Christie

“This charming, inventive, and utterly irresistible novel is the story we all need right now. Words have never mattered more, as Pip Williams illuminates in her unforgettable debut.”
—Susan Wiggs, author of The Lost and Found Bookshop

About the Author

Pip Williams was born in London, grew up in Sydney, and now lives in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia with her family and an assortment of animals. She has spent most of her working life as a social researcher, studying what keeps us well and what helps us thrive, and she is the author of One Italian Summer, a memoir of her family’s travels in search of the good life, which was published in Australia to wide acclaim. Based on her original research in the Oxford English Dictionary archives, The Dictionary of Lost Words is her first novel.
Only $5.95 a month for the first 4 months on Audible. Limited-time only.

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Random House Publishing Group (May 3, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 416 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1984820745
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1984820747
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 10.1 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.12 x 0.86 x 7.97 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 18,442 ratings

About the author

Follow authors to get new release updates, plus improved recommendations.
Brief content visible, double tap to read full content.
Full content visible, double tap to read brief content.

Discover more of the author’s books, see similar authors, read author blogs and more

Customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
4.4 out of 5
18,442 global ratings

Top reviews from the United States

Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on December 6, 2022
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 29, 2022
32 people found this helpful
Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on November 20, 2022
Customer image
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional
By Mercedes Brauchle on November 19, 2022
Unparalleled: having no parallel or equal; exceptional.

This book covers a gap in history that is truly astounding. The concept (which is based on very real events and mostly real people) is so intriguing, and Pip has fastened it all together with such literary grace. I WILL SAY, that for the first half of the book I was considering giving it a 3 star rating. I liked the storyline but it was a bit slow paced for me. KEEP READING. It really picks up and by time you get to the end you will “get the morbs” (a definitions stolen from the book, which means you will be struck with melancholy) due to the beauty and truth of Esme’s story. So many times the endings of stories disappoint, but not this time. If you love a healthy dose of feminism, are intrigued by words, or just want a good story that will suck you in, then you should most certainly order this book.
Images in this review
Customer image
Customer image
5 people found this helpful
Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 14, 2022
19 people found this helpful
Report abuse

Top reviews from other countries

A Wilkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving, empowering and reflective.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on May 25, 2021
46 people found this helpful
Report abuse
W. A. R
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful evocative read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on April 27, 2021
40 people found this helpful
Report abuse
E. Ward Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars The creation of the Oxford dictionary as a love story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on May 3, 2021
23 people found this helpful
Report abuse
MM Reviewer
3.0 out of 5 stars Unique and original. A good pleasant read.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on September 30, 2021
12 people found this helpful
Report abuse
C.Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Language and power and the Oxford English Dictionary
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on May 1, 2021
14 people found this helpful
Report abuse