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Henry Hitchings has written three books about language: Dr Johnson's Dictionary, The Secret Life of Words and The Language Wars. He is also the author of Who's Afraid of Jane Austen? and Sorry! The English and their Manners. He has won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the Somerset Maugham Award, as well as the Modern Language Association's prize for the best book by an independent scholar. Since 2009 he has been the theatre critic for the Evening Standard, and he is consultant editor of the Oxford English Dictionary.