Allusionist 82. A Novel Remedy

When you're feeling unwell, what's the book you read to make yourself feel better? And why does it work?

Clinical psychologist Jane Gregory explains why she sometimes prescribes novel-reading to her patients; and academic Guy Cuthbertson tells how post-WW1 Britain was soothed by Agatha Christie's murder mysteries.

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Allusionist 9: The Space Between

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I know this is a show about words, but forget the words for a moment; look at the spaces between the words. 

Without the spaces, the words would be nigh incomprehensible. And yet, they're a relatively recent linguistic innovation. Dr Kate Wiles explains how English got its spaces.

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS:

Hooray for spaces!

MAILCHIMP'S RANDOMLY SELECTED WORD FROM THE DICTIONARY:
nombril

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Come back in a fortnight for the next episode, space cadets!

- HZ

CREDITS

MUSIC:

'Allusionist Theme' - Martin Austwick
'The Spaces In Between' - Ben Christophers

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