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Books that adhere to the credo of the pen being mightier than the sword.

As the ‘Goddess of Pop’ Cher once lamented: ‘Words are like weapons, they wound sometimes’. Used in anger, they have the power to start wars, destroy relationships and denigrate others. Used with love, they have the power to end conflict, repair relationships and bring people closer together. Here are some books where the spotlight’s on the words we choose. Use them wisely.

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