- Hardcover: 362 pages
- Publisher: Guardian Newspapers Ltd; 2Rev Ed edition (6 Nov. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0852650868
- ISBN-13: 978-0852650868
- Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 3.4 x 22.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 566,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Guardian Style Hardcover – 6 Nov 2007
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"'This stuff matters. Rules do not limit; they liberate' John Humphrys"
A completely revised and updated edition of the Guardian's indispensable guide to good style, used by journalists at one of the world's most stylishly written and edited newspapers --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
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Sadly, it seems as if the motley Guardian writing crew never seems to learn these lessons (which is always encouraging for us amateurs), but surely this is an area where technology could be the salvation of the daily corrections column: shouldn't all copy be automatically fed through the style guide, to emerge wholesome, non-judgmental, comma-perfect and with everyone's titles, in all their gruesome complexity, fully consistent?
By turns it charmed, intrigued and frightened me.Read more ›
However, the result is far far more compelling and enjoyable than the description. This book is like a mad cross between the 'Grammar is important' ethos of Eats Shoots and Leaves and the random fun of Schott's Miscellany and is better than either.
While I could continue to describe the contents of the book, citing my favourite entries, whatever I say is going to sound boring. Trust me, if you enjoy language you will enjoy this book a lot (not alot).
After flicking through Guardian Style I thought my search was over. At first glance it seemed sensible and comprehensive. And it is the guide for a Manchester newspaper, which earns bonus marks. So I bought it. Today I finished reading it from cover to cover, as is my wont. Sadly, although often interesting, it turns out that my search must continue for a style guide that I can accept.
What made me unhappy with Guardian Style?
Firstly it was the lack of internal consistency, meaning that they end up needing 50 entries when a single rule applied throughout would have been much more … stylish. And required only one entry, saving a lot of time. Here are some examples of this inconsistency:
Acronyms and capitalisation. They use lower case for search engine optimisation, but SEO for the acronym. So you would think that a term which is capitalised would also have capitals for the acronym, but that isn't the case: the Guardian uses Soca (not SOCA) as the acronym for the Serious Organised Crime Agency. Some acronyms are not capitalised at all e.g. sim for subscriber identity module. See also their entries for Wap, Unesco, UNCHR. Sometimes capitalised terms get lower case acronyms, and vice versa. There is no rule as to whether acronyms are fully caps, no caps, or initial caps.
No consistency in what types of nouns are capitalised.Read more ›
The Guardian has always encouraged intelligent journalism, and this volume not only contributes to good style, it is also the sort of book you can study for hours.
A great guide. Please Daily Mail journalists, read this. Not only will it make your articles more readable, it will also improve your general knowledge. Then maybe one day, you could get a job with a proper, grown-up newspaper!
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This book sets out to give the guidelines for journalists writing for The Guardian. IMO it's not very good. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Gareth Greenwood
So, I bought this book and the invitation to write a review duly arrived a feww weeks later from Amazon.
Normally I just delete the invitation. Read more
I have to admit that I haven't bought the book yet but I do follow Guardian Style on Twitter. I should warn readers though that there is no English Alliance, Union or Institute and... Read morePublished on 20 Feb. 2013 by Terry Ezra
For anyone who is interested in writing for newspapers this bok is exactly what you are looking for. Just perfect.Published on 2 Dec. 2012 by Hannah
Although this was bought as a gift I had a chance to look in it and became totally absorbed. Very interesting alphabetical section on grammar as well as the rest of the book, also... Read morePublished on 1 Jan. 2012 by Rikki Pearshouse
I have been reading the Guardian for about 25 years.So to read and understand
somewhat how the hacks give us the best information in the best style this is a great read. Read more