- Paperback: 345 pages
- Publisher: Elsevier Science (26 December 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0395393914
- ISBN-13: 978-0395393918
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.5 x 23.5 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,64,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is not a grammar book (though there is an appendix that gives an overview of English grammar). It is a book designed to improve your writing. It helps you make solid decisions about sentence structure, placing punctuation, and choosing the right words. This book can help guide you through some of the thorniest and most subjective aspects of writing English.
One of the neatest things about this book is that, in addition to the copious examples, the text itself serves as an example of excellent writing. Perhaps the major drawback is that after reading this book, you will end up being much more critical of the writing you encounter!
Growing up in England I was taught every miniscule detail of the English language. How to construct sentences and how pronunciation changes depending on word stems, Country of origin and so on. I had a pretty good grasp on writing. At work I spend some of my time re-writing briefing notes, user manuals, and proof-reading emails.
On top of this I study grammar and style manuals. You get a feel for where I'm coming from in terms of expertise.
This book changed my entire outlook on writing. I am only up to page 26 and already I have hacked through some articles like a whipper-snipper through a weeded garden. I found some habitual mistakes I constantly make and curbed some emerging ones. This is a fantastic book!
The last briefing note I edited started as a monstrosity of bad grammar and ended as a shining example of what this book has to offer.
I cannot recommend this book enough. It is only 200 pages but not a word is wasted. It is concise and packed full of information and is an example of its own subject.
Examples throughout the book soften, but do not eliminate, the academic style. If you prefer something in plain English, read the excellent Woe Is I, by Patricia T. O'Conner. If you want a serious study-guide for improving your writing, Line by Line is a great choice.