- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Piatkus; New Ed edition (22 Feb. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0749927038
- ISBN-13: 978-0749927035
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.1 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 778,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
How Not To Write: Simple guidelines for the grammatically perplexed Paperback – 22 Feb 2007
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About the Author
Terence Denman has been an instructor with the UK-based Plain English Campaign for the last six years and has trained hundreds of people from both the public and private sectors in how to write clearly and concisely. He lives in London
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Top Customer Reviews
Terence Denman makes this normally stuffy topic quite readable and easy to follow. A book for almost anyone who writes as part of their job.
I now understand a number of areas that I previously found confusing. The thing I like most about this book is the friendly, witty and very human tone. And, sadly, that's not at all common. Mr Denman has written an outstanding guide for people who want to improve their writing and understanding of English.
I've also read several guides to punctuation and endorse Mr Denman's recommendation of 'The Penguin Guide to Punctuation' by R.L. Trask. This is the clearest and best guide ever written on this subject.
The book is clearly set out and has a helpful index that gets you quickly to the word or subject that you want to find.
It's packed full of simple writing tips to get you writing in plain English - but what I really liked was the debunking of the grammar myths. These are "rules" that you might remember from school or college (or heaven help you, a grammar book) that get in the way of writing clear, concise, conversational writing at work.
This is good value book and well worth the investment, not just for the grammatically perplexed but for anyone who wants to be a master of plain English.
Sometimes the jokes may seen a little intrusive, but if you read this book, you will absorb the rules of grammar and your writing will never look back.
I think there is a place for this book in every government department!
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Unlike the horse this really doesn't last the distance; not the read I was hoping for.
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I bought this book on the basis of the other reviews. I have to say that I was disappointed. This disappointment was not so much to do with the content (although you might not... Read morePublished on 24 Jan. 2010 by John in Cornwall