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Plain Words Paperback – 27 May 2015

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Vastly informative and indispensable (Bill Bryson)

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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This classic work is the quintessential guide to writing good clear English. Now updated in a new edition, but with all its original charm, it provides advice on everything from using the semicolon correctly to avoiding cliches and jargon.

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