14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 9 January 2010
In this age of declining standards in spelling, punctuation and grammar thanks to lacklustre teaching in schools and such things as text messaging, this book reminds us of how our beautiful and ancient language should be used.
For journalists, this is a timeless handbook and it should be re-printed now and forever more.
On top of all that, it is one of the funniest books I have ever read.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 5 September 2009
I had to re read my treasured dog-eared copy of this classic today on hearing of the death of the greatest newspaper writer of our age. That age being a generation before fake celebrity and free DVDs being given prominence over writing, subbing, informing and entertaining. One day this book will be re-issued and a new generation will learn what it has been missing.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 March 2013
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How's that for an eyecatching headline? The late Keith Waterhouse (hereafter refrred to as KW) wrote features, articles and columns for the Daily Mirror for many years. His novels, including Billy Liar, have sold throughout the world and many are still in print.
Waterhouse on Newspaper Style was originally written as a guide for Daily Mirror journalists. It has been out of print (and highly sought after) for many years, but now it's back in paperback form. KW was the consummate journalist, and in this book gives useful advice on how to write clearly and concisely, and remembering the four 'W's' of journalism - who, what, where, and when.
Every writer or journalist should have this KW book on their desk, along with his other book, 'English, Our English (and how to sing it), which in my opinion, is far better than 'Eats Shoots and Leaves', as a guide to English Grammar and sentence construction.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 November 2013
Having read this book yes it is true the standards of English used in newspapers has dropped appallingly over the years, well not just in newspapers but throughout schools and all printed matter, letter writing included.
This book is a guide to how it should be done.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 20 June 2011
Before Lynn Truss was a twinkle in her subeditor's eye, this was the absolute and undisputed bible for journos hacks and down table subs. No other manual was ever written with such wit and wisdom. No one (not even the great Gowers) ever made such sharp sense of our language. Too many daily papers today are produced by people with degrees and qualifiactions who do not make half so good a fist of things as anyone whose entire training was the minutes in the editor's office and the handing over of this first rate handbook. Spot any mistakes in my review if you are of the right generation.