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  • Published: 1 June 2015
  • ISBN: 9780224100809
  • Imprint: Square Peg
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $24.99

Lost in Translation

An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words




A gorgeous illustrated compendium of untranslatable words from around the world.

Did you know that the Japanese have a word to express the way sunlight filters through the leaves of trees?

Or, that there’s a Swedish word that means a traveller’s particular sense of anticipation before a trip?

Lost in Translation, a New York Times bestseller, brings the nuanced beauty of language to life with over 50 beautiful ink illustrations.

The words and definitions range from the lovely, such as goya, the Urdu word to describe the transporting suspension of belief that can occur in good storytelling, to the funny, like the Malay word pisanzapra, which translates as 'the time needed to eat a banana' .

This is a collection full of surprises that will make you savour the wonderful, elusive, untranslatable words that make up a language.

  • Pub date: 1 June 2015
  • ISBN: 9780224100809
  • Imprint: Square Peg
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $24.99

About the Author

Ella Frances Sanders

Ella Frances Sanders is a writer out of necessity and an illustrator by accident. She currently lives and works in the city of Bath, UK, without a cat.

Her first book, Lost in Translation - An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words is an international bestseller, and her second book The Illustrated Book of Sayings - Curious Expressions from Around the World was published in September 2016.

She can be found at ellafrancessanders.com and various other social media places

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Praise for Lost in Translation

“...a collection of words you never knew you needed before”

Huffington Post

“Charming illustrations and sheer linguistic delight”

Maria Popova, Brainpicker

“words you never knew you needed but now can’t live without”

Saga Magazine

“...a fantastic collection of words without English counterparts”

Entertainment Weekly

“… will make you think, laugh and discover situations you never knew there was a word for”

ELLE Canada


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