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For Who the Bell Tolls
For Who the Bell Tolls
by David Marsh
Edition: Hardcover

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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read, 20 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: For Who the Bell Tolls (Hardcover)
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.

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