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Fowler's Modern English Usage (Re-Revised 3rd Edition)
Fowler's Modern English Usage (Re-Revised 3rd Edition)
by R. W. Burchfield
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.00

27 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent as far as it goes, but ..., 22 Oct 2005
Many people will want to use this book in order to clarify the usage of particular words and grammatical structures in order to improve their own use of English.
The book is descriptive, not prescriptive, although there are occasionally indications that certain usages are 'illiterate' or preferred in specific genres.
However, deviations from grammatical standards are presented as perfectly acceptable (e.g. beginning sentences with conjunctions or prepositions at the end of sentences where this is avoidable without creating ugly turns of phrase) purely on the basis of cited usage from, primarily, literary sources. Whilst I agree that a certain or even great latitude is necessary, particular in poetry and other literary genres, or when one wants to achieve a particular rhetorical effect, there is scant reference to the genres in which particular usages are generally found to be both acceptable and effective.
I teach scientific and technical translation (into English) and battle with students' use of rhetorical grammatical structures (e.g. 'but' at the beginning of sentences) in purely technical or informative texts, and it is of no help when a standard reference work cites this as a perfectly acceptable usage by citing the Bible or a poem by Milton.
99% of people that write English write formal English. 99% of the examples are literary, poetic or colloquial.
The book describes well what people do with English. It describes less well how people can ensure that their writing accords with the register of the genre they are writing in.
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The Economist Style Guide
The Economist Style Guide
by The Economist
Edition: Hardcover

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent in what it covers, but..., 22 Oct 2005
Excellent glossaries e.g. of proper names that have changed over recent years (UKraine, not the Ukraine; Beijing, not Peking) and of currencies.
Excellent for pointing out fuzzy thinking in your writing and for exposing the emptiness of certain cliches.
Perfect for journalistic purposes; less exhaustive for academic writing or other formal writing.
Beware: many of the recommendations are Economist house style and are not standard British English (e.g. small capitals for all abbreviations).
You will need Oxford: New Hart's Rules (now contained in the Oxford Style Manual) for a full examination of the punctuation of quotations, since the Guide applies journalistic conventions, in which the standard rules of British English puncutation are often reversed.


Writers' Reference Pack: 3 volume set: New Hart's Rules, New Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors, and the New Oxford Spelling Dictionary: "New ... Editors", "New Oxford Spelling Dictionary"
Writers' Reference Pack: 3 volume set: New Hart's Rules, New Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors, and the New Oxford Spelling Dictionary: "New ... Editors", "New Oxford Spelling Dictionary"

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, especially for writers, editors and translators, 22 Oct 2005
New Hart's Rules in particular is an excellent book.
I know of no other book that so succinctly, accurately and logically sets out the rules of English punctuation, capitalisation, conventions in various (e.g. legal) genres, abbreviations, hyphenation, etc.
The book covers not only the basics but also every imaginable quirk.
If your written output is voluminous, you need to develop rapidly your knowledge base in order to know immediately how to process quotations, footnotes etc., and this book allows you to develop that authoritative knowledge and to check rapidly any query you have.
It will increase enormously your confidence when writing or teaching English.
There is also an excellent section on how to deal with foreign names and transcription from major languages with other scripts.


Mastering the Art of French Cooking: v.2: Vol 2 (Cookery Library)
Mastering the Art of French Cooking: v.2: Vol 2 (Cookery Library)
by Julia Child
Edition: Paperback

13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent to read; tricky to cook from, 9 Aug 2005
This contains many useful techniques supplementing those set out in the first volume of this pair.
A large portion of the book, however, is given over to extremely elaborate recipes requiring copious amounts of time and access to an old-fashioned butcher.
If you don't have a PhD in cuts of meat, then the meat recipes will be tricky.
The actual ingredients suggested in lots of dishes are unimaginative and whole slews of different recipes end up tasting the same, despite massively time-consuming techniques involved.
This book is, however, pretty essential as a complement to the first volume, in order that your training in French cookery be complete.
The book is of more limited use for family cooking or even for entertaining because the recipes are very time-consuming yet not sufficiently imaginative to warrant the effort required.
Use these textbook techniques in conjunction with 'ingredient-combination' ideas in more more modern books and you're literally 'cooking'!!
The actual techniques described, however, are excellent and save going to a finishing school in Switzerland, which is very dull and expensive.
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Mastering the art of French cooking (Penguin handbooks)
Mastering the art of French cooking (Penguin handbooks)
by Julia Child
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only basic guide to French cookery you will need, 9 Aug 2005
This book teaches techniques (including what to do when things go wrong).
It codifies what would otherwise be restricted to the 'oral tradition' of cookery, the little secrets that turn average cooking into top-notch cuisine.
It's perfectly readable and enables you to cook to extremely high standards very quickly.
The recipes themselves are a little dull at times. There is absolutely no shortage of imaginative recipe books, but most are useless since the descriptions of techniques are so patchy or deficient that the recipes invariably fail.
Use this for basic techniques and other books for more imaginative ingredient combinations and you will find yourself able to cook exceptionally well, rapidly and to the adoration of your family and guests, in no time at all.


Oxford A-Z of Grammar and Punctuation
Oxford A-Z of Grammar and Punctuation
by John Seely
Edition: Paperback

60 of 70 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good quick reference, 9 Aug 2005
The grammar is a little patchy but the punctuation entries are excellent as quick guides (to solve problems when writing or teaching without having to plough through hundreds of pages of 'exceptions' to rules).


Oxford Guide to English Grammar
Oxford Guide to English Grammar
by John Eastwood
Edition: Paperback

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only book on English grammar you need, 9 Aug 2005
This book is pretty exhaustive without being impenetrable.
Easily navigable.
Excellent examples and sufficiently succinct without being simplistic.
Perfect for teaching and writing purposes.
This has explained many points of English grammar I struggled to explain for years.
Covers tricky areas like compound nouns (i.e. when can you coin them, and when can't you) in a way that suddenly makes English seem much more 'teachable' than ever before.


Accents of English: Volume 3: Beyond the British Isles
Accents of English: Volume 3: Beyond the British Isles
by J. C. Wells
Edition: Paperback
Price: £32.97

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible, 9 Aug 2005
You may want to read, in particular, volume I of this series to give you the context of standard British English, but this is excellent if one wants to understand the history and the modalities of varieties of English around the world.
A basic knowledge of phonetics is required, but imitating accents based on this basic knowledge + the information contained in this book is perfectly possible.
Very readable too; academically impeccable without being academically inpenetrable.


Secrets Of The Beehive (Digipak)
Secrets Of The Beehive (Digipak)
Offered by positivenoise
Price: £16.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible, 9 Aug 2005
Very imaginative composition and insightful lyrics.
Fantastic sound-world; a very mature surround overall.
I've listened to this for a decade now, and I'm still not bored of it.
Much more listenable to than his more experimental albums, but without selling out in any way.
Extremely lyrical.


Cooking for Friends
Cooking for Friends
by Raymond Blanc
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.29

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for entertaining, 9 Aug 2005
This review is from: Cooking for Friends (Paperback)
I've entertained copiously from this book, and, whilst some recipes are very time-consuming, others are delightfully simple.
Very imaginative recipes and generally not requiring the best supermarket in the world to source ingredients; a standard butcher and a good greengrocer are sufficient.
The 'basic foundation recipe' section at the beginning is a boon, although reference to Mastering the Art ... is necessary to flesh out the instructions for sauces etc.


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