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OUT NOW! WHY IS THIS A QUESTION?

Have you ever wondered why our language works the way it does? Why our words go in the order they do? Why our alphabet is in ABC order? Even why our letters look the way they do, and how our brain deals with all these random lines, curves, dots, and dashes, and somehow uses them to make sense of our linguistic world? If you have (or you’re now at least a little intrigued to know more), then the latest Haggard Hawks book, Why Is This A Question?, is for you!

Why Is This A Question? answers 20 intriguing ponderables just like these, covering everything from the very basics of our words and languages, to extraordinary questions about their inner workings and how they operate in our world, our brains, and our culture.

How do we read? How do we understand things? Why do our hands move when we speak? And what does an aeroplane have to do with how your vocal cords work? The answers to all these—plus a great many more—are here.

Click through to the BOOKS page for more information and a sample chapter.

!! US readers – we’ve had so many emails here at HH HQ asking if and when Why Is This A Question? will be available Stateside it’s becoming hard to respond to them all individually! We’re still waiting for US publishing details to be thrashed out, so please bear with us. As soon as we know more, we’ll let you know over on Twitter. Thank you! 

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NEW! THE HAGGARD HAWKS BOOK OF BRAINTEASERS

If you’re a fan of the word games and quizzes we play on Twitter and via BBC Newcastle each week, then this is the book for you—and what’s more, it’s all in aid of a good cause.

We’ve teamed up with cancer research charity The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation to bring you The Haggard Hawks Book of Brainteasers—a collection of 1,000 word games and puzzles specially compiled to test your wordpower to its limits! 

Priced at £10 ($12), at least £1 from every sale will go towards funding cutting edge cancer treatment and research both in the northeast of England, and all around the world. The book is available online worldwide now!

Q&A

Email your answer to this puzzle to haggard@haggardhawks.com. Once we have 50 correct answers, we’ll draw a name from the hat and the winner will receive a signed HH book. Check back for a new puzzle every few weeks!

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