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Issue Details: First known date: 2010... 2010 Words Fail Me : A Journey through Australia's Lost Language
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'This long anticipated follow-up to the hugely successful and popular Lost for Words revisits the rich, inventive and rogueish language Australians used to speak, before globalism stole it away.

'Hundreds of readers have responded to author Hugh Lunn′s request and donated a torrent of forgotten words and sayings that he overlooked in his first book.

'"So many arrived it was like trying to take a sip out of a fire hose," Hugh said. "And these words were so obvious, that if they were a snake, they would have bitten me by now."

'Words Fail Me intertwines the sayings and phrases of yesteryear with true stories and anecdotes and recaptures what Australia used to be like back when.

'Hugh also casts a satirical eye on modern language madnesses: the road signs, the asterisks, the gobbledegook andcorporate speak that have replaced our euphonious direct language. As they would say today: "He is having issues!"

'Lovingly collected, Words Fail Me takes delight in the way we once were; a people with their own unique lingo --- clear, exaggerated and joyful.' (From the publisher's website.)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Pymble, Turramurra - Pymble - St Ives area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: ABC Books , 2010 .
      Extent: 403p.
      Description: illus.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: 1 November 2010.
      ISBN: 9780733322518 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

Words'worth Phil Brown , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: Brisbane News , 7 - 13 September no. 849 2011; (p. 10)
Paean to Aussie Past Not Limited to the Lingo Johanna Leggatt , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 6 March 2011; (p. 7)

— Review of Words Fail Me : A Journey through Australia's Lost Language Hugh Lunn , 2010 single work prose
Correspondence Hugh Lunn , 2010 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Monthly , December 2010 - January 2011 no. 63 2010; (p. 97)
Pick of the Week Bruce Elder , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 18-19 December 2010; (p. 25)

— Review of Words Fail Me : A Journey through Australia's Lost Language Hugh Lunn , 2010 single work prose
Talk about Kick in the Guts : Critic Faces Libel Suit for Coming the Raw Prawn Susan Wyndham , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 2 December 2010; (p. 3) The Age , 2 December 2010; (p. 5)
Susan Wyndham outlines the libel case being brought by Hugh Lunn in response to Peter Conrad's review (published in the Monthly) of Lunn's Words Fail Me: A Journey through Australia's Lost Language.
Non-Fiction Fiona Capp , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 6 November 2010; (p. 24)

— Review of Words Fail Me : A Journey through Australia's Lost Language Hugh Lunn , 2010 single work prose
My Word, It's Weird Michael Lund , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 6 - 7 November 2010; (p. 20-21)

— Review of Lost for Words : Australia's Lost Language in Words and Stories Hugh Lunn , 2006 single work prose ; Words Fail Me : A Journey through Australia's Lost Language Hugh Lunn , 2010 single work prose
Remebering a Forgotten Aussie Lingo Richard Begbie , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 13 November 2010; (p. 26-27)

— Review of Words Fail Me : A Journey through Australia's Lost Language Hugh Lunn , 2010 single work prose
Lest We Forget Peter Conrad , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , November no. 62 2010; (p. 56-57)

— Review of Words Fail Me : A Journey through Australia's Lost Language Hugh Lunn , 2010 single work prose
Pick of the Week Bruce Elder , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 18-19 December 2010; (p. 25)

— Review of Words Fail Me : A Journey through Australia's Lost Language Hugh Lunn , 2010 single work prose
Writers Use Power of the Pen 2010 single work column
— Appears in: Noosa News , 12 November 2010; (p. 29)
Writing is Like a Box of Dice 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Noosa Journal , 12 November 2010; (p. 31)
Never Lost for Phrases 2010 single work column
— Appears in: Westside News , 1 December 2010; (p. 5)
Talk about Kick in the Guts : Critic Faces Libel Suit for Coming the Raw Prawn Susan Wyndham , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 2 December 2010; (p. 3) The Age , 2 December 2010; (p. 5)
Susan Wyndham outlines the libel case being brought by Hugh Lunn in response to Peter Conrad's review (published in the Monthly) of Lunn's Words Fail Me: A Journey through Australia's Lost Language.
Correspondence Hugh Lunn , 2010 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Monthly , December 2010 - January 2011 no. 63 2010; (p. 97)
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