King, Graham The Times Writer's Guide

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The Times Writer’s Guide is the essential single-volume guide for all who aspire to imrove their writing skills.

Whether you want to write a novel, draft a report for the School Board, create a compelling CV, write a letter of protest to the Council that will be taken seriously, or enter the brave new world of e-mail, this book is for you and indeed for all the family: the essential desk companion for anyone requiring a friendly guide to modern communication, from the composition of effective complaints to choosing the right ‘emoticon’ to sign off your e-mail with.

Section 1: Grammar
What is Grammar? Why use it? Sentences, Parts of Speech: Nouns, Pronouns, Verbs, Adjectives, Adverbs, Determiners, Conjunctions, Prepositions

Section 2: Punctuation
The complete Guide to the ‘nuts and bolts’ of English speech, capitalization and commas to hyphens and quotations marks.

Section 3: Writing Tips
Achieving clarity, Improving your power of expression, Letter Writing, Creating a CV, E-mailing

Section 4: Building and Perfecting your Vocabulary
A–Z listing of useful but unfamiliar words, with straightforward guidance on difficult and confusable words, The 2,000 most Misspelt Words, Problem Proper Nouns and Commonly Mispelt Names, Ways to Improve Your Spelling, Some Spelling Rules, American Spelling

Section 5: Foreign Words and Phrases
A–Z listing of common foreign terms, with definitions

Section 6: Abbreviations
A–Z listing of common and some uncommon abbreviations and acronyms, with full explanations

Section 7: Pointers from The Times Guide to Style and Usage

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A comprehensive and easy-to-use manual on English usage, The Times Writer's Guide takes the reader though grammar, punctuation, spelling and difficult or confusing words. It is also a "how-to" guide to expanding your vocabulary, improving your writing, managing foreign words and phrases and picking your way through abbreviations and acronyms.

The posthumously published work of Graham King who died of cancer in 1999, this book is likely to be useful to writers at all levels from school essayists to professional authors and everything in between. Among many other things, King explains what a noun is and takes you through the mysteries of subject and predicate as well as giving advice about the use of bullet points and telling you how to address the prime minister on envelope or in a letter. He also offers a few hints about the developing conventions of e-mail writing and provides a lesson on condolence letter writing.

There is an eclectic and not necessarily serious abbreviations list too. OBE, for example stand for "Order of the British Empire; one button exposed (shielded warning that a man's fly is open); other bugger's efforts". And how many people know--or need to--that ROARE stands for "reduction of attitudes and repressed emotions (sex offenders' treatment programme)"?

It's rare to find so many aspects of the subject in a single volume. Literary devices, thoughts about style, basic etymology, cliché horrors and CV writing are all included. In places King is very entertaining too. --Susan Elkin

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Whether you want to write a novel, draft a report for the School Board, create a compelling CV, write a letter of protest to the Council that will be taken seriously, or enter the brave new world of e-mail, this book is for you and indeed for all the family: the essential desk companion for anyone requiring a friendly guide to modern communication, from the composition of effective complaints to choosing the right ‘emoticon’ to sign off your e-mail with.

Section 1: Grammar
What is Grammar? Why use it? Sentences, Parts of Speech: Nouns, Pronouns, Verbs, Adjectives, Adverbs, Determiners, Conjunctions, Prepositions

Section 2: Punctuation
The complete Guide to the ‘nuts and bolts’ of English speech, capitalization and commas to hyphens and quotations marks.

Section 3: Writing Tips
Achieving clarity, Improving your power of expression, Letter Writing, Creating a CV, E-mailing

Section 4: Building and Perfecting your Vocabulary
A-Z listing of useful but unfamiliar words, with straightforward guidance on difficult and confusable words, The 2,000 most Misspelt Words, Problem Proper Nouns and Commonly Mispelt Names, Ways to Improve Your Spelling, Some Spelling Rules, American Spelling

Section 5: Foreign Words and Phrases
A-Z listing of common foreign terms, with definitions

Section 6: Abbreviations
A-Z listing of common and some uncommon abbreviations and acronyms, with full explanations

Section 7: Pointers from The Times Guide to Style and Usage

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