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Greek to Me : Adventures of the Comma Queen

The Comma Queen returns with a fun, witty and wise romp through language and the crystalline Greek coast.


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The Comma Queen returns with a buoyant book about language, love, and the wine-dark sea.

In her New York Times bestseller Between You & Me, Mary Norris delighted readers with her irreverent tales of pencils and punctuation in the New Yorker’s celebrated copy department. In Greek to Me, she delivers another wise and funny paean to the art of self-expression, this time filtered through her greatest passion: all things Greek.

Greek to Me is a charming account of Norris’s lifelong love affair with words and her solo adventures in the land of olive trees and ouzo. Along the way, Norris explains how the alphabet originated in Greece, makes the case for Athena as a feminist icon, goes searching for the fabled Baths of Aphrodite, and reveals the surprising ways Greek helped form English. Filled with Norris’s memorable encounters with Greek words, Greek gods, Greek wine—and more than a few Greek men—Greek to Me is the Comma Queen’s fresh take on Greece and the exotic yet strangely familiar language that so deeply influences our own.


'Mary Norris’s Greek to Me is one of the most satisfying accounts of a great passion that I have ever read. It traces a decades-long obsession with Greece: its language (both modern and ancient), literature, mythologies, people, places, food and monuments—all with an absorption that never falters and never squanders the reader’s attention.’ New York Times

Greek to Me is laced with hilarious anecdotes…Norris’ enthusiasm for history, culture, literature, language and for words is contagious.’ Good Reading

Book Title

Greek to Me : Adventures of the Comma Queen


Text Publishing


Text Publishing


Travel Writing




205mm X 138mm

Date Published

April 2020



Weight0.334 kg


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