Agent: Julian Alexander
Tony Thorne is a widely respected authority on language and modern culture. Former Director of the Language Centre and now Language and Innovation Consultant at King’s College London, he regularly broadcasts in the UK and elsewhere. His books include the bestselling Dictionary of Contemporary Slang, Countess Dracula and Shoot the Puppy, a guide to the increasingly bizarre world of business and lifestyle jargon, explaining just what ‘cubicle monkeys’ and ‘wombats’ actually are. His most recent book, Jolly Wicked, Actually: 100 Words which make us English (Abacus), is a compilation of 100 words and phrases used over the last century which have formed a national identity.