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Plain Words Paperback – 26 Mar. 2015
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The great Sir Ernest Gowers ... the grand old boy himself -- Lynne Truss
Itself a model of how plain words should be used, Telegraph
Rebecca Gowers has been charged with the task of producing a version which is true to the spirit of the original but adapted to the needs of the 21st century. She discharges this task with wit and delicacy -- Stefan Collini, Prospect
A small literary jewel, Evening News
Gowers's main precepts are as sensible today as they were when he first presented them ... beneficial, intelligent and sympathetic -- David Crystal
Over half a century after Plain Words was first published, its principles are as important as ever: say what you mean in the clearest possible fashion. Rebecca Gowers has done a great job ... superb -- Caroline Taggart
One thing that makes Gowers such an engaging figure is that he isn't prissy, priggish or prim. As far as he is concerned, language is a living thing that is constantly changing - and this is just as it should be, Sunday Telegraph
Still the best book on English and how to write it ... Unhappy with versions rewritten by others, Rebecca Gowers, Sir Ernest's great-granddaughter, has produced a new edition ... The result is splendid ... Gowers wrote with wit, humanity and common sense ... [his] central advice should be taped to the screen of anyone sitting down at a computer keyboard -- Michael Skapinker, Financial Times
The book has been modernized but preserves all its original charm ... There is arguably a greater need for its circulation among the general public [than ever before], Big Issue
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Apparently, revised versions diluted or altered the original intentions of Gowers. This new edition, by his granddaughter, is an attempt to correct the drift but is also an attempt to update the text to reflect modern idiom. It also contains some historical information about the original purpose and examples of the revisions that she thought failed to maintain the underlying purpose.
I bought it out of curiosity rather than from need. I think she has done a good job.
The book remains an essential manual for clear communication. It's not always clear to me that modern communication isn't more about avoiding saying anything meaningful. This book might help similar minded readers decide for themselves but will certainly help anyone improve their writing style.
It might pair well with this excellent discussion of rhetoric: You Talkin' To Me?
If your job involves any kind of writing or composing of letters, reports, instructions, publicity material or even just file notes which are needed to let others know what happened you need to read this book.
In the main; this book expresses guidelines for all people, no matter what you do for a living.
English can become a powerful tool; as part of one's skillset, should you learn to read, write and speak it in a simple way without complexity.
If you are writing dissertations or essays, this book is essential reading as it makes writing easier once you get into the habit of keeping prose simple.
A very interesting book, though, both from a historical point of view and as a contemporary guide for use today. It is also very readable, especially the introductory sections.