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Borrow this book from the library if you must
on 16 March 2009
I'm doing an MA and this book is just about a pass in terms of help to write essays. To be brutally honest it would be better if Peter Redman wrote books on how to mark essays rather than how to write them. The Appendix at the back is ok - a glossary of abbreviations. But why oh why is etc missed off? OK we vaguely know it means another etc etc, but if he's included ie and eg why not etc? There are much better books out there to help you write essays and dissertations. Personally I find examples of essays depressing - I can't imagine myself ever sitting down and going through something someone else has written and 'marking' it unless I was getting paid to do it. Instead I want to get on with writing my own essays and this constant irrelevant distraction of examples does not help.
This book is really for people doing Open University degrees and needs to be more up front about this on the front and back covers. Marking systems, as far as I know, are not as specific as Redman tries to make out in the text. This book would improve vastly if there was more about the actual writing process - planning, structure, grammar, sentences and paragraphs for example.