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Gooden, Philip

Works: 83 works in 301 publications in 3 languages and 10,304 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Detective and mystery fiction  Historical fiction  Dictionaries  Thrillers (Fiction)  Popular works  Religious fiction  Legal fiction (Literature) 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction
Classifications: PR6057.O533, 823.92
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Philip Gooden
Who's whose? : a no-nonsense guide to easily confused words by Philip Gooden( )

20 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and held by 1,114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lists in alphabetical order some of the more commonly confused English words with definitions, examples of proper and improper usage, and how to avoid typical mistakes
Faux pas? : a no-nonsense guide to words and phrases from other languages by Philip Gooden( )

10 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 1,023 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Defines hundreds of phrases from other languages that are often used in English and explains their proper use and meaning
The tainted relic : an historical mystery by Medieval Murderers( )

14 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 646 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"July 1100 and Jerusalem has fallen to the Crusader armies. Amid the ensuing chaos a priceless holy relic is entrusted to English knight Geoffrey Mappestone. But the relic is said to be cursed, bringing death and destruction to whoever posesses it. And down the ages the relic continues to wreak its havoc."
May we borrow your language? : how English has stolen, purloined, snaffled, pilfered, appropriated and looted words from all four corners of the world by Philip Gooden( )

6 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 555 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The English language that is spoken by one billion people around the world is a linguistic mongrel, its vocabulary a diverse mix resulting from centuries of borrowing from other tongues. From the Celtic languages of pre-Roman Britain to Norman French; from the Vikings' Old Scandinavian to Persian, Sanskrit, Algonquian, Cantonese and Hawaiian - amongst a host of others - we have enriched our modern language with such words as tulip, slogan, doolally, avocado, moccasin, ketchup and ukulele. May We Borrow Your Language? explores the intriguing and unfamiliar stories behind scores of familiar words that the English language has filched from abroad; in so doing, it also sheds fascinating light on the wider history of the development of the English we speak today. Full of etymological nuggets to intrigue and delight the reader, this is a gift book for word buffs to cherish - as cerebrally stimulating as it is more-ishly entertaining
The Durham deception by Philip Gooden( Book )

6 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 539 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Newlyweds Tom and Helen Ansell find their lives turned upside down after Helen is accused of murder and they are drawn into the underworld of spiritualism and stage magic while visiting the Durham
The pale companion by Philip Gooden( Book )

15 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 532 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nick Revill, part of the Elizabethan acting troupe known as the Chamberlin's Men, becomes entngled in a violent family feud when he is hired to perform "A Midsummer's Night's Dream" at a country house near Salisbury
Alms for oblivion by Philip Gooden( Book )

12 editions published between 2003 and 2012 in English and Spanish and held by 472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Murder turns the table on actor-sleuth Nick Revill in the fourth novel of this popular historical mystery series set in Elizabethan England
The Ely testament by Philip Gooden( Book )

7 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 466 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tom Ansell and his wife Helen search the Phoenix House in Ely looking for the late Mr. Lye's will, when their host Ernest Lye is arrested for murder. As Tom and Helen get involved in the mystery, they find it may be connected to a murder that took place there during the English Civil War
The story of English : how the English language conquered the world by Philip Gooden( Book )

13 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 459 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overview: Born as a Germanic tongue with the arrival in Britain of the Anglo-Saxons in the early medieval period, heavily influenced by Norman French from the 11th century, and finally emerging as modern English from the late Middle Ages, the English language has grown to become the linguistic equivalent of a superpower, now sometimes described as the world's lingua franca. This study tells the story of the English language in all its richness and variety, from the intriguing origins and changing definitions of common words such as "OK," "beserk," "curfew," "cabal," and "pow-wow;" to the massive transformations wrought in the vocabulary and structure of the language by Anglo-Saxon and Norman conquest; through to the literary triumphs of Beowulf, The Canterbury Tales, and the works of Shakespeare. This is a fascinating tale of linguistic, social, and cultural transformation, accessibly and authoritatively told by an author in perfect command of his material
Mask of night by Philip Gooden( Book )

10 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Elizabeth I approaches the end of her illustrious reign, the plague is raging in London, and the Privy Council has ordered the theaters closed. Still, author Philip Gooden's fifth novel in the popular Shakespearean series brings us a great mystery as actor-sleuth Nick Revill and the Chamberlain's Men travel to Oxford, where a local physician, Dr. Hugh Fern, has commissioned a private performance of Romeo and Juliet. While Fern's motive is obscure-an attempt to reconcile two feuding families to the prospect of a marriage, perhaps; or maybe simply a ploy to get himself a role in the production-his fate is not. Indeed, he is decidedly dead, when his body is discovered during a performance at the Golden Cross Inn. No matter that the deceased lies inside a locked room or that the pestilence has followed the Chamberlain troupe from London, Revill is convinced Fern has not succumbed to natural causes. Nor is Fern's death the only one that rouses Revill's suspicions. The mysteries multiply as a strange band of men in cowls patrols the town at night, a simple carter meets a baffling end, and a corpse changes its shoes
An honorable murderer by Philip Gooden( Book )

8 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is the summer of 1604, many years after the defeat of the Armada, and the Spanish are in London to negotiate a peace treaty. Nick Revill's theater company- newly promoted to the King's Men now that James I is on the throne-are given a ceremonial role at the celebrations. But not everybody welcomes this outbreak of peace
The Salisbury manuscript by Philip Gooden( Book )

8 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1873 a canon dies violently while sneaking ancient artifacts out of a burial chamber on the outskirts of Salisbury. London lawyer Tom Ansell discovers the body and comes under suspicion of his murder. To clear himself, he must find the killer
Idiomantics : the weird and wonderful world of popular phrases by Philip Gooden( )

11 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Idiomantics is a unique exploration of the world of idiomatic phrases. The very etymology of the word 'idiom' reveals what's so endlessly fascinating about the wide range of colourful phrases we use in everyday speech: their peculiarity. They're peculiar both in the sense of being particular or unique to the culture from which they originate, and in the sense of being downright odd
Sleep of death by Philip Gooden( Book )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in English and Spanish and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a mystery set in Shakespearean England, aspiring actor Nick Revill draws parallels between the playwright's latest play, Hamlet, and the situation he stumbles upon in the Thameside mansion in which he is a lodger, when he discovers evidence that his melancholy host's father did not die a natural death
The word at war : World War Two in 100 phrases by Philip Gooden( )

8 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Word at War explores 100 phrases spawned and popularized in the lead-up and during the conflict of World War Two. Substantial essays explore and explain the derivations of, and the stories behind, popular terms and phraseology of the period, including wartime speeches (and the words of Churchill, Hitler and FDR); service slang; national stereotypes; food and drink; and codewords,"
Sword of Shame : a historical mystery by Medieval Murderers (Writers group)( Book )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Five enthralling interlinked mysteries from Michael Jecks, Susanna Gregory, Bernard Knight, Ian Morson, and Philip Gooden
The lost world and other thrilling tales by Arthur Conan Doyle( Book )

4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spurred by the woman he loves, young journalist Edward Malone eagerly joins forces with irascible Professor Challenger on an expedition to South America. Their mission is to verify Professor Challenger's claim of the existence of a Lost World: a mysterious Jurassic-age plateau untouched by human civilization, which holds the promise of treasure and of terror
The first murder : a historical mystery by Medieval Murderers (Writers group)( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A sudden snowstorm in late December 1199 means that two parties of travellers are forced to abandon their journeys and take refuge in the bustling market town of Carmarthen. Unfortunately, the two groups, one representing the Archbishop of Canterbury and one comprising canons from St David's Cathedral, are bitter opponents in a dispute that has been raging for several months. When an enigmatic stranger appears, and requests permission to stage The Play of Adam, which he claims will alleviate tensions and engender an atmosphere of seasonal harmony, the castle's constable, Sir Symon Cole, refuses on the grounds that encouraging large gatherings of angry people is likely to end in trouble, but his wife Gwenllian urges him to reconsider. At first, it appears she is right, and differences of opinions and resentments do seem to have been forgotten in the sudden anticipation of what promises to be some unique entertainment. Unfortunately, one of the Archbishop's envoys, the one chosen to play the role of Cain, dies inexplicably on the eve of the performance, and there is another 'accident' at the castle, which claims the life of a mason. Throughout the ages, the play is performed in many guises, but each time bad luck seems to follow after all those involved in its production
Death of kings by Philip Gooden( Book )

9 editions published between 2001 and 2012 in English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Elizabeth I is nearing the end of her reign with no direct heir and plots and rumours of rebellion abound. The Queen's former favourite, the Earl of Essex, appears to be eager to protect the throne, but some believe he intends to seize it. In the world of the theatre, the Chamberlain's Men are approached by a member of Essex's inner circle. He offers them money to put on a special performance of Shakespeare's "Richard II"--The treasonous drama of monarchy deposed and murdered. And player Nick Revill finds himself forced to act as a government spy and keep watch on his own company. But then the murders start."--Jacket
The sacred stone : a historical mystery by Medieval Murderers (Writers group)( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1067. In the desolate wastes of Greenland, a band of hunters stumble across a strangely shaped object which has fallen from the sky. At first, the mysterious "sky-stone" seems to bring them good luck, healing a lame boy and guaranteeing a good catch of furs. But violence and murder soon follow in fortune's wake as the villagers fight and struggle among themselves to gain control of the precious stone. Over the next 600 years, the Sky-Stone falls into the hands of crusading knights, the wicked Sheriff of Devon, a group of radical young kabbalists, the dying King Henry III, and a band of traveling players
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The Durham deception
Faux pas? : a no-nonsense guide to words and phrases from other languagesThe Durham deceptionThe pale companionAlms for oblivionThe Ely testamentThe story of English : how the English language conquered the worldMask of nightAn honorable murderer
Alternative Names

controlled identityMorgan, Philippa

Гуден, Филип

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Spanish (4)

Russian (2)