N. A. Staines

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Walking Home by Simon Armitage
Walking Home by Simon Armitage
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Walking words, 10 Aug 2012
An easy and engaging read, and Simon Armitage's descrptions of people and places are masterful. If, like me, you have never walked the length of the Pennine Way, but have touched it in different spots over years of walking, you'll recognise the countryside, the villages and towns and the utter bleakness of high grounds. Mud and rain occupy many of the pages making it almost real. It hasn't encouraged me to walk the whole distance, so perhaps if you're thinking of the enterprise yourself, you might read this first. It shows too that earning a living as a wandering poet is unlikely to be successful in the long run.

Of course, we wonder about the walker's personal effort on the… Read more
How to Argue: Essential Skills for Writing and Spe&hellip by Prof Alastair Bonnett
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Through running workshops and courses on writing and presentation skills for graduate research students and research staff in universities and research institutes, I meet so many people who need help in building an argument in their academic writing and presentations. A colleague introduced this book to me recently. I bought it, and now recommend it to everybody I meet through my work.

What the book provides is a straight forward approach to using rhetoric in evidence-based academic writing. One of its strengths is in its structure: you can, as I first did, read it cover to cover, or you can dip into sections in almost any order you like. Alistair Bonnett even gives the… Read more