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A Place for Everything: The Curious History of Alphabetical Order (MP3)
Written by:
Judith Flanders 
Read by:
Julia Winwood 
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
10 hours 30 minutes 
MP3 size:
462 MB 
November 01 2020 
Available Date:
November 01 2020 
Age Category:
Non-fiction; Education; Language & Grammar 
Bolinda/Macmillan audio 
Bolinda price
AUD$ 34.95
AUD$ 34.95

New York Times bestselling author

From a New York Times-bestselling historian, the story of how the alphabet ordered our world

The order of the alphabet, that simple knowledge that we take for granted once learned as children, plays a major role in our adult lives. From the school register to the telephone book, from dictionaries and encyclopaedias to library shelves, our lives are ordered from A to Z. In A Place for Everything, acclaimed historian Judith Flanders draws our attention to both the neglected ubiquity of the alphabet and the long, complex history of its rise to prominence. For, while the order of the alphabet itself became fixed very soon after letters were first invented, their ability to sort and store and organise proved far less obvious. To many of our forebears, the idea of organising things by the random chance of the alphabet rather than by established systems of hierarchy or typology lay somewhere between unthinkable and disrespectful. A Place for Everything fascinatingly lays out the gradual triumph of alphabetical order, from its possible earliest days as a sorting tool in the Great Library of Alexandria in the third century BCE, to its current decline in prominence in our digital age.

'Quirky and compelling ... She is a meticulous historian with a taste for the offbeat; the story of the alphabet suits her well ... Fascinating.'
Sunday Times

'One of the many fascinations of Judith Flanders’s book is that it reveals what a weird, unlikely creation the alphabet is.'