Yours truly is reading 'The Etymologicon' by Mark Forsyth, a hardback book
Edit to add : Hardcover, paperback, or on your device?
Easy to see what Dant prefers! :P
The Mangle Street Murders by M R C Kasasian - the first of a series of mysteries, starting in 1882, Victorian London, immediately attention-grabbing although I've only read the first couple of chapters so can't be sure it'll stay that way!
Raven Seek Thy Brother by Gavin Maxwell - his life in the mid-60s, a rather sad and depressing feel to it, especially when compared with what I remember of Ring of Bright Water from reading it many moons ago!
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