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5.0 out of 5 stars
Well worth a read, 20 Dec. 2013
There are many things to love about this book.
First of all, the tone sits really well. It strikes the perfect balance between flexible common sense and comical, zero-tolerance outrage about grammar.
I loved the tweets along the bottom of every page - their acerbic, concise wit makes you smile before you've even read the two pages that are ahead.
David Marsh is both erudite and self-effacing; although he is the style guide editor of the Guardian, he's happy to point out where they've got it wrong, too. Often hilariously.
A highlight for me was the heated debate that rages on about use of the semi-colon; from 'insipid' to 'elegant' it's the best geeky debate I've read about in ages.
Counter-balancing the geekier elements are fun pop culture references, which will keep everyone happy.
Aside from all of the above, the comprehensive index also makes this a handy reference tool, especially for things I sometimes struggle with - like when to use 'which' or 'that.'
Another highlight was Gile's Coren's supercilious, expletive-ridden message to a sub-editor who made the tiniest of changes to his copy...has to be read to be believed.