My Books

English: the first 4,000 years

English is one of 450 current languages that evolved from PIE. After the Romans left, migrants from Anglia brought their Germanic language and started to push Welsh speakers westwards. Later Danes reluctantly adopted Middle English, but got rid of grammatical gender and adjectival agreement. In the 21st century gaming, technology and the desire for belonging continue to change the language in ways we can anticipate.


To order a copy of the ebook “English: the first 4,000 years”, please Pay with Paypal above and separately email using the form on the home page.

EPUB is the default format appropriate to PCs and Macs and can be delivered from the author. The file will be sent as an e-mail attachment from our server. For Apple, open the email on the Ipad and double-click the attached EPUB. The icon should change to Ibooks and open it in book format.

MOBI is the format required by Kindle and Kindle emulators. On the Kindle mobile app from <home>, tap the <More> tab at bottom right, and then click <Settings> with a gear icon next to it. Then find <Send-to-Kindle Email Address> it will be something like <>.  You will need to confirm that <> is a trusted sender. This should by receiving an email from Amazon Kindle support asking oy for permission to download.

Calibre is free software that should open any format. Clicking the attachment in your e-mail box should open a dialogue box asking for an appropriate app. You can specify Calibre. WPS is a free MS Office lookalike coming from Hong Kong, which seems to act as a reader.

This e-book of 43,000 words accompanies the U3A group zoom course. The 33 sessions mostly have hyperlinked pages on this web-site.

English: the first 4,000 year printed book

This is the 43,000 word paperback with the same content as the e-book. It is “samizdat”, not formally published. Please give a postal address. Alternatively, e-mail me that you have given £10 to one of these charities: Lakeland Dialect Society; Black Country Dialect Society; WikiIslam.


The Black Country Dialect

An electronic book about the language of the UK West Midlands first printed 2007. has a comprehensive glossary, a systematic comparison of speech sounds, syntax, metre, and history. if you order by “Pay with Paypal”, send a separate e-mail with your request and the EPUB will be sent as an email attachment . It is also available as an ebook at the Kindle store for £6.60.


Bannockburn Norman v Norman

An e-book about the languages of the north of Britain and the Norman conquest of Scotland in 1155. It is available from the author as a printed book published Sept 2016, price £4.00 inc p&p. The e-book can be purchased here and EPUB will be sent as an mail attachment will be sent to your e-mail address.


The Iceland Bus

An e-book that explores the linguistic connections between Cumbria, Iceland and Scandinavia. If you Pay with Paypal and send your email in a separate request, an EPUB will arrive as an e-mail attachment. It is also at for $4.00, and the Apple Store at $5.99.