The book

“Should be required reading for reporters and editors everywhere” Slate

“Compelling… at its satirical best, Unspeak‘s implacable rage harks back to the thundering tirades of the Augustan era” Daily Telegraph

Unspeak is in the best sense a stimulus and a provocation. Unmasking unspeak is addictive, and anyone can play.” Times Literary Supplement

Unspeak (2006; 2nd edition, 2007) is a book about political language in the age of the “war on terror”. You can read three extracts here: from the book’s Introduction; from the passage on Intelligent Design; and from the chapter on Freedom. The book can be purchased from and, among other places. You can read more reviews here, and also a review of reviews.