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Guardian Style: Third edition [Hardcover]

David Marsh (Guardian) , Amelia Hodsdon
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4 Nov 2010

This is the third, expanded and revised, edition of the modern Guardian style guide, used by journalists at the Guardian, the Observer and

Guardian Style will help you distinguish between so-called rules of grammar that are an aid to good writing and those that you can cheerfully ignore. It's also a mine of information, from the essential to the arcane, from the useful to the things that you never realised you needed to know. This new edition has been updated throughout to take in political change, the latest fads in cliches and the importance of online readers, with a section devoted to digital editing and blogging.

Wise and witty, irreverent and informed, Guardian Style is an indispensable guide to the use of good English.

'The Guardian has been my desert island newspaper for 50 years, not always for what it has said, but just as often for the way it has said it.' David Hare

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Guardian Books; 3rd Revised edition edition (4 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0852652224
  • ISBN-13: 978-0852652220
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 15.3 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This stuff matters (John Humphrys)

Eats, Shoots and Leaves with a lot of extra guidance thrown in (Ian Jack)

If you love words, work with them, or simply toy with them - for me Guardian Style is in a class of its own (Jon Snow)

Sense and sensibleness from the newspaper definatly not owned by rightwing billionaires. Why would you go anywhere else? (Iain Banks)

The best steer to the freshest style (Alex James)

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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

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3.9 out of 5 stars
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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strangely Brilliant 12 Dec 2007
While it sounds dry and obvious to say that this is the guide to grammar and word usage for the newspaper The Guardian, that is what this is.

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).
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Serious profession 2 Jan 2011
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I'm almost scared to write a review of Guardian Style (or guardianstyle, a title style which they should abandon because it's no longer very stylish), or indeed of anything else, having perused it and scored about a 20% failure rate on all those bleeding obvious traps I thought I'd so cleverly avoided over the years, and that only the ill-educated could possibly continue to get wrong. It combines 1950s schoolmarm (I'm sure that must be unacceptable for all kinds of reasons), Stephen Pinker's beloved language mavens, some amusing and rather touchingly resigned pieces on usage that is just too complicated for most of us and which we should therefore abandon to professional philosophers (`begging the question' is a good example), and an assorted pile of linguistic and spelling horrors that have slimed under the door and into the everyday writing of most smart alecs, including myself (cusp, immaculate conception - how could we have got that so wrong for so long? - epicentre, lay waste ...). The list of cliches (no accent please) is bound to include several that you thought were nothing of the sort - actually rather clever, really - and the glib, sloppy, pompous and woolly are sought out and their necks shaken vigorously.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Proper deal 16 April 2009
For a foreigner or an English stududent, in order to better your skills, I recomend to use this book. It is a good, and at some points funny, way to deep inside the Enlish language. In addition, I will personally start the university in Manchester, and I am originally from Spain. That could be a disadvantage but not for me nor my interests because with this book, I will make my understanding of the language with more accuracy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great style guide, shame about the paper 21 Jan 2013
By Allegra
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I agree with all the praise for the style guide. But I do wish they hadn't chosen to print it on that horrible scratchy paper that sets my fingertips on edge every time I consult it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Desktop essential 14 Dec 2012
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It doesn't matter if you're in a word-based trade or still in education, this is an absolutely essential purchase for anyone who needs to write good current English. It's clear, easy to follow, and full of really good advice about avoiding cliches.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For journalists 2 Dec 2012
By Hannah
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For anyone who is interested in writing for newspapers this bok is exactly what you are looking for. Just perfect.
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15 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By Nickel
An honest, readable directory of how to write well. The Guardian encourages accurate writing, and gives excellent advice on abbreviations, spelling, punctuation and other necessities. While I have a few issues with The Guardian (why do they insist on calling Bombay 'Mumbai', the local right-wing nationalist name for the city, while continuing to call Myanmar 'Burma'?) but generally, the guide is consistent and sensible.

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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1.0 out of 5 stars Falls well behind the competition
This book sets out to give the guidelines for journalists writing for The Guardian. IMO it's not very good. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gareth Greenwood
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid it
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
Published 14 months ago by P. Meaden
4.0 out of 5 stars Other style guides are available...
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 more
Published 18 months ago by Terry Ezra
5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing reading
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 more
Published on 1 Jan 2012 by Rikki Pearshouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting to know how it all works
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
Published on 27 Feb 2011 by Jazz Man
4.0 out of 5 stars Do Guardian journalists heed the advice in this style guide?
I always like to contrast media style guides with the actual practice of journalists.

Style guides, as it were, are a mark of aspiration. Read more
Published on 15 Dec 2010 by Beatrice Jane Bray
1.0 out of 5 stars badly written
If you have ever wondered why the writing in the Guardian is often so appalling, here is your answer. Read more
Published on 12 April 2008 by D. Westlake
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