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2.0 out of 5 stars american book, 17 Nov. 2012
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A book written by an american for the american market converted badly for the uk.. hasn't even bothered to used some correct english words, but the American word for it. Should be called living cheaply in the USA
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Initial post: 19 Nov 2012 13:53:30 GMT
I'm afraid you're incorrect about it being written for an American market.

I've been living in the U.K. for around 8 years now. The vast majority of what I have covered in the book was my personal experience, backed up by interviews with both government and private entities. The book was proofread by my excellent agent, Bill Jeffrey, who I would recommend to any aspiring author in the Belfast area. It was then field tested by a small selection of people in each country within the U.K.

I assure you, the vast majority of the specific money saving examples don't work in most areas of the U.S.A. It is a totally different economic scenario there. The cost of living is a massive variable in the States, the country being 3,000 miles from coat to coast, and a book like this would have to consist of a dozen different regional sub-books to be at all useful.

I'm sorry if you didn't think that the book applied to your life. I'd like to hear about specific examples of what you tried that didn't work for you. Please go to the website stated in the book and access the Contact page, I'll be happy to discuss it.

I'm sorry if a couple of my 'Americanisms' slipped through the cracks. But to give you some idea of how difficult it is, I'd like to point out that in your two line review, there are 9 errors:

American should be with an 'A', not an 'a' (twice). The term 'uk' should be 'U.K.'. An ellipsis has three periods, not two. The words 'hasn't' and 'used' are in the conflicting tenses. The word 'english' should be capitalized because it refers to the proper noun England. The title of a book should be in single quotes, or otherwise set off or italicized. Finally, 'USA' should be 'U.S.A.' which would also fulfill the need for a period at the end of a sentence.

As you can see, writing is difficult, as is proofreading. If I used 'color' instead of 'colour' a few times, I can only hope that the point of my teaching wasn't lost in translation.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Dec 2012 20:06:02 GMT
Emma Farmer says:
What a fantastic response.
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