Sunday, 19 August 2007

Recommended Reading, Part 1

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Forget Eats, Shoots and Leaves; those of you looking for a more highbrow grammar-based paperback would do well to consider Bill Bryson's splendid Troublesome Words.

This really is excellent stuff. It covers some great topics (everything from the usage of 'who' and 'whom', to common literary misquotations), often in substantial depth, and is pithily entertaining throughout.

Highly recommended.

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Blogger sullicom said...

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19 August 2007 at 11:56  
Blogger Marty said...

My favourite book on writing has to be The Elements of Style by Strunk and White.

Americans grow up on it, which might explain why (say) The New York Times or The San Francisco Chronicle are better written than (say) The Guardian or The Independent.

20 August 2007 at 10:18  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was hoping to see excerpts of your favourite passages. I'm a bit disappointed - unless you are going to drag it out to a multi-post serialisation. That would be neat.

23 August 2007 at 23:55  

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