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To call this a curate's egg...,
This review is from: Bryson's Dictionary: for Writers and Editors (Hardcover)
...is being generous. I'm an aspiring writer and bought this from a book club, believing the publisher blurb that it is an "Indispensable companion to all those who write...".
On first opening the book at random I was presented with the fact that John Le Mesurier is a British actor who died in 1983. Wow. Apart from the spelling of his name and the fact that he's dead, I know nothing else about him (and I knew he was dead). That sums up this book: as another reviewer has mentioned, there is nothing here that you couldn't Google for. Agreed, the internet is full of inaccuracy, urban legend and unsubstantiated opinion but it's still better than checking this book as anything other than a last resort. Some entries have no description, just the word (presumably so you can discover Google is better, alas after wasting your money). If it were a pocket guide it might occasionally be worth carrying around should you prefer to write in a remote location, but this is hardback and 450 odd pages of typically large typeface.
This book is something of everything but, ultimately, nothing. Unless you think not knowing how to pronounce Billericay is going to get you killed.
It's bill-a-rik'-ee apparently. Phew! Thanks Bill.