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Helen Sword is professor and director of the Center for Learning and Research in Higher Education at the University of Auckland. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.

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[Sword's] counsel is wise, efficiently written, and infectiously winsome. She advises academic writers to use anecdotes and carefully chosen metaphors, and to write opening sentences that encourage readers to keep reading. She has drawn from a massive array of academic articles (more than a thousand) and given particular attention to authors known for writing readable material... Helen Sword's book contains much wisdom... Stylish Academic Writing contains superb counsel for academics who want to write with greater clarity and skill.-- (09/03/2012)

Helen Sword's brilliant little volume is in many respects the ideal companion to Stephen J. Pyne's equally brilliant Voice and Vision: A Guide to Writing History and Other Serious Non-Fiction (Harvard) and equally deserving of a wider audience than its target group, which in this case comprises those academics who either write or have to put up with 'impersonal, stodgy, jargon-laden, abstract prose.' As Sword writes: 'Elegant data and ideas deserve elegant expression.' Featuring oodles of ideas and tips backed up by lashings of original research and bursting to the seams with case studies exemplifying the good, the bad and the ugly of academic writing ('via a symbolic interactionist lens' is one such monster), this is a must for writers in any discipline.-- (06/19/2012)

It's a weird and complicated experience, picking up a book that covers familiar territory and realizing it's better than what you might have written. That was the case when I first read Helen Sword's Stylish Academic Writing.-- (07/31/2017)

Surely it's time to declare war on terms such as postsemioticist, flip-flop gates and feature theory, terms Orwell would surely have included under his definition of obscurity as a cuttlefish defensively spurting out ink. Anyway, let's hope this excellent new book is a sign that things are about to change.-- (02/26/2013)

Stylish Academic Writing challenges academics to make their work more consequential by communicating more clearly--and provides helpful hints and models for doing so. This is a well-crafted and valuable contribution that combines substance with style.--Arne L. Kalleberg, Editor, Social Forces

Stylish Academic Writing offers pithy, thoughtful, and concrete guidance on ways to improve writing about scholarly research (or anything else for that matter) so that it is engaging to others... Teachers of writing at the college level will want to read the book so as to help stem the tide of overly formal, dry-as-dust term papers that are still standard fare in many classes.--Dana S. Dunn"Psychology Today" (07/18/2013)

As an academic--staff or student--wouldn't you like people to enjoy reading your work? In Stylish Academic Writing, Helen Sword offers dozens of suggestions as to how you might improve your work, get your argument across in a more appealing manner, and attract more readers. We can all learn something useful from this book, and it won't involve a lot of effort.--Malcolm Tight, Editor, Studies in Higher Education

Occasionally the tedium of reading an unending supply of poorly written manuscripts is upended by a cogent, well-written, piece. Helen Sword details why this is so prevalent and offers sage advice to beginning--and even senior--researchers on how to avoid dulling academic prose. I take her advice to heart. I hope to change my numerous bad habits and I dearly wish those submitting manuscripts would read this book.--Rick K. Wilson, Editor, American Journal of Political Science

Sword has produced a sleek and, yes, nicely written guide based on the principle that 'elegant ideas deserve elegant expression.' Aiming to be useful to writers in almost any discipline, Sword defines stylish academic writing in the broadest terms.--Jennifer Howard"Times Literary Supplement" (12/21/2012)

[A] practical and useful book.--Colin Steele"Australian Book Review" (10/01/2012) --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B008J2GCZ8
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Harvard University Press (16 April 2012)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1428 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 229 pages
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Helen Sword is a scholar, award-winning teacher, and poet who has published books and articles on modernist literature, higher education pedagogy, digital poetics, and academic writing. Born and raised in Southern California, she received her PhD in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and is now Professor and Director of the Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. Her popular academic writing workshops for faculty and doctoral students have taken her to universities in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australasia.

Visit Helen Sword's Writer's Diet website at www.writersdiet.com.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The best guide ever. Practical. Written to help you and is not too academic in itself
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