Kenneth Branagh

Detailed, comprehensive, fascinating!


Nicholas Hytner

Shakespeare's Words is entertaining and engrossing and brings Shakespeare into direct contact with today's readers and theatregoers.

Sir Richard Eyre

This is a fascinating guide to Shakespeare's language, an indispensable treasure chest for anyone who loves watching or reading the plays and is curious about the meaning, use and derivation of the language.

Professor Jonathan Bate

Shakespeare's Words is one of the very few works of reference that deserves a place on the shelves of all Shakespeare lovers and for that matter all lovers of the English language. In all too many cases explanation of Shakespeare's words - both those that have become obsolete and those that have changed in meaning - have been passed down from editor to editor since the nineteenth century. David and Ben Crystal, by contrast, have returned to first principles and in so doing produced the most comprehensive guide to Shakespeare's astonishing linguistic inventiveness that has ever been compiled.

Dr. Jonathan Hope

Shakespeare's Words is much more than just a glossary. It is an excellent companion to Shakespeare for the student and general reader, and, with a wealth of short selections that can be read independently, it is also the ideal bedside book.

Michael Wood

This is what everybody who loves Shakespeare - amateur or professional - has been looking for. A clear and accurate guide to the astonishing vocabulary of the world's number one writer … an inexhaustible feast of illumination.