Susan Purcell

Also writes as Susan Harvey, the Virtual Linguist

Children's author, Author of books for adults

Available for:
After dinner speaking


Contact: Please contact me by telephone on 01483 303188 or by email at

Adults, 8-11 (Key stage 2), 11-13 (Key stage 3), 14-16 (Key stage 4), 11-16 (Key stages 3 and 4), 6th Form and college


I write about language, words and dictionaries, and give light-hearted talks on the history and compilation of dictionaries, on word origins, and on other language-related topics. 


I have spoken on UK and US local radio stations on clichés, unusual words, the language of texting, and on other topics. You can see the sort of things I am interested in by clicking on the Virtual Linguist blog link above, or by putting Virtual Linguist in a search engine.


I live in Guildford, Surrey but am prepared to travel. I speak French, German and Russian.

I have written ten books including
Junior Dictionary and Thesaurus (isbn:978-1848104792)
Colourful and informative. Suitable for Key Stage 2.
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The Kingfisher Illustrated Pocket Thesaurus (isbn:075346117X)
An essential tool for building writing and reading skills, or simply for finding the right word
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BBC Talk German Grammar (isbn:978-1406669756)
Jargon-free guide to the structure of the German language
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BBC Talk French Grammar (isbn:978-1406652345)
Jargon-free explanations of the structure of the French language
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BBC Talk French 2 (isbn:1406612839)
The ideal way to improve your French if you already know a bit of the language
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Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Linguists
Member of the Society of Authors

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Book Type:
Non fiction for adults, Non fiction for children, Educational books

dictionary, dictionaries, grammar, English, language, languages, word origins, names, linguist, French, German, Russian, linguistics