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For the latest instalment of our ongoing language series Word Processing, we're turning to the back of the book, and thumbing through the index. Just because the index starts where the book's chapters end, that doesn't mean there aren't some great stories to be told in those final pages. University College London English lecturer Dennis Duncan captures many of them in his book Index: A History of the, which is the first-ever history of book indexes. He joins Piya Chattopadhyay to trace the index's evolution, from its invention by medieval monks centuries ago... to its present day life as the backbone of search engines, holding our information age together.