Harvill Secker will publish New York Times bestseller Because Internet: Understanding How Language is Changing by Gretchen McCulloch later this year.
Publishing director Liz Foley acquired UK and Commonwealth (excluding Canada) rights from Jennifer Choi at Riverhead, Penguin Random House US. The critically-acclaimed New York Times top ten bestseller will be published by Harvill Secker, an imprint of Vintage at Penguin Random House UK, on 3rd October 2019.
"Because Internet is for anyone who's ever puzzled over how to punctuate a text message or wondered where memes come from,"said the publisher. "It's the perfect book for understanding how the internet is changing the English language, why that's a good thing, and what our online interactions reveal about who we are."
Montreal-based McCulloch writes about linguistics for a general audience, especially internet language. She writes the Resident Linguist column at Wired. McCulloch has a master’s in linguistics from McGill University, runs the blog All Things Linguistic, and cohosts the Lingthusiasm podcast.
Foley said: "The moment I read this brilliantly enjoyable and fascinating book I wanted us to publish it at Harvill Secker. I learned so much from it about both linguistics and the particular culture of internet life and Gretchen is a marvellously entertaining and erudite guide to both."