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Essential English: For Journalists, Editors and Writers

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This brisk and pungent guide to the use of words as tools of communication is written primarily for journalists, yet its lessons are of immense value to all who face the problem of giving information, whether to the general public or within business, professional or social organizations. What makes a good English sentence? How should you rewrite a bad one? What cliches and other word-traps are to be avoided? Using a wealth of examples drawn from British and American newspapers, "Essential English" is an indispensable guide for all who have to convey information by the written or printed word.
Essential English: For Journalists, Editors and Writers
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Essential English is an indispensable guide to the use of words as tools of communication. It is written primarily for journalists, yet its lessons are of immense value to all who face the problem of giving information, whether to the general public or within business, professional or social organisations. FULLY REVISED AND UPDATED BY CRAWFORD GILLAN RECOMMENDED BY THE SOCIETY OF EDITORS
Sir Harold Matthew Evans is a British-born journalist and writer who was editor of The Sunday Times from 1967 to 1981. He has written various books on history and journalism, including Essential English. Since 2001, Evans has served as editor-at-large of The Week Magazine and since 2005, he has been a contributor to the Guardian and BBC Radio 4. He lives in New York with his wife and childen.
"Demonstrates how to clear whole jungles of vagueness and verbal clutter" Times Literary Supplement "Every journalist in England should read this exceptional book. Harry Evans is a master of our trade and a master of how to use the English language" -- Piers Morgan "English is the world's most used and abused language. This book in on the side of the angels. It should become an essential textbook for every journalist" -- Paul Dacre, editor of the Daily Mail "Harry Evans is one of the great newspaper professionals of his time, and his book should be a standard text for every journalist" -- Max Hastings, Editor, Evening Standard "Thank God it's back in print. It has never been more necessary" -- John Humphrys
Journalists' plaudits cover the back of Evans's magisterial and readable tome. His discussion of headlines, the production process of newspapers and introductions that 'still the itchiest subbing fingers' are most relevant to those working in the media. But anybody who writes at work or for pleasure will profit from his advice: content, after all, is nothing without an editorial context and there is no meaning without clarity. Evans is a former editor of both The Times and the Sunday Times, arguably the most gifted journalist of his generation, and his judgements steer neatly between the excessive demands of grammarians and the unhappy enthusiasms of the vulgarians: they have real authority and value. (Kirkus UK)
Author
Harold Evans
Pages
296
Publisher
Pimlico
Edition Description
Revised
Series
Pimlico
Language
English
ISBN-10
0712664475
ISBN-13
9780712664479
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
DEWEY
428
Series Number
405
Year
2004
Publication Date
2004-03-31
Edition
2nd
Imprint
Pimlico
Subtitle
For Journalists, Editors and Writers
Place of Publication
London
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Short Title
ESSENTIAL ENGLISH REV/E
Birth
1928
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