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Should the Americanisation (or Americanization) of English worry us?

31 July 2017

My piece for The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jul/24/worry-americanisation-english-linguists

Notions of Englishness – Addendum

24 July 2017

I have an article coming out today in The Guardian about the English language and what (if anything) can be said about what it means to be English today. It’s an opinion piece...

Forget the big historical names, it’s historic fear of disease that Game of Thrones nails

16 July 2017

Here’s my latest piece for New Statesman: http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/tv-radio/2017/07/forget-big-historical-names-it-s-historic-fear-disease-game-thrones-nails  

Plague Women and The Handmaid’s Tale

15 June 2017

“We go everywhere in twos. It’s supposed to be for our protection. For companionship. It’s bullshit, there are no friends here. Can’t be. The truth is we’re...