The book surveys and analyses the relation between the spelling of English words and the theoretical and practical aspects of learning to read. The skills involved are considered in the context of sight, speech, the perception of words as 'wholes', and the technique of tackling unfamiliar words.The argument as a whole has considerable topicality, in view of the continuing 'Look and Say' versus Phonic controversy, the validity or otherwise of ita, and the setting up of the Bullock Committee of Enquiry into Reading and the use of English in Schools.Dr. Gaspar was formerly a lecturer in Education at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He is now teaching at Quernmore Secondary Modern School, Bromley.Dr. Brown is Principal Lecturer in English at Goldsmiths College.