Every Day A Word Surprises Me

Published by Phaidon

Every Day a Word Surprises Me is a compendium of witty, wise and opinionated quotes by writers across all eras and genres.

‘The varied typography on every page makes it all the more readable and fun to dip into.’

  1. Mature Times

‘Every day a word surprises me’ is a quote from British neurologist and author Oliver Sacks and it is a wonderful summation of the quirky contents.

The exquisite power of words is highlighted in this collection of inspirational and insightful quotes by writers through the ages and across the globe. Phaidon editors have curated this book from the published works of dozens of authors – from Jane Austen to Julian Barnes and from Leo Tolstoy to Patti Smith – introducing quotes discovered in diaries, letters, notebooks, interviews, memoirs and more.

Each entry is presented in a striking typographic design and includes its source so readers can track down the words in context and go on to discover new writers and their works. The book is a journey of discovery through words, quotes and quips – an essential companion for avid readers, writers and lovers of all things literary.

‘Thanks to some imaginative categorisation and sourcing that takes in published interviews, private journals and letters, any writer will find something of use here.’

  1. Creative Review

Published by Phaidon

336 pages


203 mm x 137 mm

Please note that this title is not illustrated

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