Language, Power & Society is a meticulously researched book that examines a number of factors accounting for the complex language situation in Malawi before and after independence. It examines language policies and draws conclusions resulting from them. The book also discusses the relationship between language and politics, language and gender and language use at the onset of multiparty politics. It focuses mainly on how politics have impacted on speakers' innovativeness and creativity in their quest for political power. A lively and easy style makes Language, Power & Society accessible to the general reader, while the breadth and depth of coverage satisfies the language scholar. The author dispels all doubt that African languages and cultures are worthy of serious scholarly attention.