Essential English for Journalists, Editors and Writers
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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 GILLANRECOMMENDED BY THE SOCIETY OF EDITORSshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 136 x 214 x 24mm | 299.37g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • PIMLICO
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised ed.
  • 0712664475
  • 9780712664479
  • 66,964

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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.show more

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"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 Humphrysshow more

About Sir Harold Evans

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.show more

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"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"show more

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