will do for grammar what Eats Shoots and Leaves
did for punctuation (The Times
Beautifully produced... a lot of fun (Tribune
If you belong to the generation who missed out on being taught grammar at school then out this book on top of your Christmas wish list. If you were taught, then put it on your wish list. Everyone should have this book, in fact... a great stocking filler for total grammar novices and experts alike (The Northern Echo
Sensible and concise... shows you how to make our wonderful, fluid language work for you rather than against you (The Good Book Guide
This book would be the perfect Christmas gift for anyone who is genuinely interested in why we write the way in which we do, or who likes doing what's right and proper (The Basingstoke Gazette
A useful book for anyone with an interest in the English language and an excellent stocking filler (The Wolverhampton Chronicle
A useable refresher... pedants will also find answers to those evergreen contentious teasers (The Bournemouth Daily Echo
It's a little gem that takes you on a tour of the English language (Knutsford Guardian
If you belong to the generation who missed out on being taught grammar at school then out this book on top of your Christmas wish list. If you were taught, then put it on your wish list. Everyone should have this book, in fact.
From the Author
We're not grammar ogres or ruler-wielding schoolma'ams - we're actually a couple of perfectly nice people who think that English is a beautiful and very subtle language and should be encouraged to stay that way. And we're aware that lots of people would love to speak and write better English; but either they were never taught grammar in the first place, or it was so long ago that they have forgotten, and they're a bit nervous about looking stupid if they get it wrong. Which is why they put an apostrophe where it has no business to be, or say 'between you and I' because they retain some vague idea that 'me' is wrong.
This book sets out to make these people feel a bit more comfortable and confident. Yes, it tells you the rules, but it also acknowledges that change is always happening in a living language, so what was an unbreakable rule ten years ago may be edging its way into the dictionaries now (how cool is that?). It offers ways round the rules for those times when you simply don't know the right answer. And it tries really hard not to be pompous, which means there are a few silly examples to break up all the bossy stuff, and we've found a way to put in a bit about sex.
About the Author
Caroline Taggart has worked in publishing for nearly 30 years, the last 18 of them as a freelance editor of non-fiction. She has edited innumerable natural history titles, notably Jonathan Scott's Big Cat Diary
books and the tie-in to the BBC series Walking with Dinosaurs
, as well as books on gardening, cookery, health, witchcraft, pop music, the Blitz, the D-Day landings, the House of Commons and the English language. She has also written a handbook for mature students and an encyclopaedia of dogs. The first book Caroline wrote was I Used To Know That
, a Sunday Times
bestseller published in 2008. This was followed by My Grammar and I
(also a Sunday Times
bestseller), Answers to Rhetorical Questions, A Classical Education, An Apple A Day
and Pushing the Envelope
. Her books have appeared in the Sunday Times, Daily Express, Daily Telegraph, the Times, the Sun
and many other publications, and her frequent television and radio appearances include BBC1 Breakfast, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 5 Live.