Essential English: For Journalists, Editors and Writers

Essential English: For Journalists, Editors and Writers

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By (author) Harold Evans, By (author) Crawford Gillan

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  • Publisher: PIMLICO
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 216mm x 24mm | 345g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2003
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0712664475
  • ISBN 13: 9780712664479
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 63,594

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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

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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. In 2011 he was appointed editor-at-large of the Reuters news agency. He lives in New York with his wife and children.

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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.

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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)

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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? How do you shorten unnecessarily verbose source-material? 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.