Latest publication

Endangered Words: Simon Hertnon’s guided tour of one hundred exceptional rare words

Cover of Endangered Words Kindle Edition(Marsilio Press, December 2015)
Formats: Kindle ebook (available now) and non-US paperback (available late 2016)
Read an excerpt: velleity
Buy from: Amazon US | CAUK | IN | AU

See below for new US paperback edition

Finally, a digital version of the book loved by word lovers*.

Previously published as both Endangered Words (US paperback) and From Afterwit to Zemblanity (UK, Aus, NZ, RSA hardback), Simon Hertnon’s ‘treasure trove of rich and rare words’ can now be enjoyed on your eReader.

Hertnon describes his book as a gallery of fine words, and a stroll through it will introduce you to words that give you reason to pause and consider. Some words hit you between the eyeballs, others make you laugh or nod your head in wistful recognition. But every word reminds you of the value tied up in our language, if only we take the time to explore, discern, and share.

The ideal gift for the hard-to-buy-for word lover in your family, Endangered Words features 100 hand-picked rarities. For each word, Hertnon explains meaning, derivation, rarity, usage, and why he chose the word for his ‘exhibition’. Related words, keen wit, crisp quotations, and an eclectic short story are all to be found on Simon Hertnon’s guided tour.

See below for a sneak peek at the cover of the long-awaited sequel and to find out how your name and favourite word can appear in the Endangered Words sequel!

“Hertnon provides a treasure trove of rich and rare words to delight, tantalise and obsess the most compulsive of language obsessives. Lovely stuff.”
Weekend Press

“This book is a gem.”
Northern Advocate

“an excellent guide to that obscure word”
Investigate Magazine

*Rated 4+ stars in Amazon and Goodreads (December 2015).

See also: Forthcoming publications (below)

Previous publications

In addition to Simon’s latest publication (above), he has previously published the following books (latest first, grouped in editions).


A personally guided tour through a gallery of fine words.

Endangered Words: A Collection of Rare Gems for Book Lovers
(Skyhorse Publishing, July 2015, ISBN 978-1632204530)
Format: Paperback (new US edition)
Buy from: Amazon US | CAUK |

Endangered Words: A Collection of Rare Gems for Book Lovers
(Skyhorse Publishing, 2009, ISBN 978-1602397125)
Format: Paperback (US edition, superseded by 2015 reprint above)

From Afterwit to Zemblanity: 100 endangered words brought to life
(New Holland Publishers, 2008, ISBN 978-1869661939)
Format: Hardback
Buy from: Nakedize Book Shop (New Zealand)

From Afterwit to Zemblanity book cover


A man’s guide to commitment, written by a man, for men (and for frustrated girlfriends, and their mothers).

The Real Man’s Guide to Conquering Commitment Phobia (US edition)
(Marsilio Press, 2013)
Format: Kindle ebook
Buy from: Amazon US | CA

Love and Logic: A bloke’s guide to commitment (UK edition)
(Marsilio Press, 2013)
Format: Kindle ebook
Buy from: Amazon UK | IN | AU

Love and Logic: A bloke’s guide to commitment
(Marsilio Press, 2001, ISBN 0473078821)
Format: Paperback
Buy from: Nakedize Book Shop (New Zealand)

Love and Logic book (NZ paperback) book cover

Clear, Concise, Compelling: How to write less and achieve more

(Nakedize, 2007, ISBN 978-0958278409)
A super-concise writing skills guidebook.
Format: Spiral-binding
Buy from: Nakedize Book Shop (New Zealand)

Clear, Concise, Compelling book cover

Forthcoming publications

Subscribe to be notified whenever Simon publishes a new title.Cover of Endangered Words: the second exhibition

An introduction to Optimal Knowledge Working
(Nakedize Education, 2017)
There are hundreds of millions of knowledge workers (people who ‘think for a living’), but no clear view of what optimal knowledge working entails. Simon provides a clear and current picture of what optimal looks like for members of the world’s costliest employment sector.

Skills Essentials
(Nakedize Education, 2017)
Three core skills simply explained for knowledge workers: thinking skills, change (management) skills, and writing skills.

Strategy Essentials
(Nakedize Education, 2017)
Three strategic topics simply explained for leaders, managers, and other knowledge workers: systems, transformation, and information.

Endangered Words—the second exhibition
(Marsilio Press, publication date to be confirmed)
The long-awaited sequel to the popular Endangered Words. Subscribe to receive advance publication of 6 of the 100 exceptional words, and to have the opportunity to submit a word you love to be one of 6 words suggested by fans that Simon will include in the ‘exhibition’.