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The King's English

Extent: 256pages

Size: 198x129mm

Publication Date: 07/11/2024

Price: £7.99

ISBN: 9781789297034


About the Book

Constantly confused by the difference between adjectives and adverbs? Still can’t figure out how to use a semi-colon? Or simply want to refresh the English language knowledge you learnt from school?

The King’s English is the perfect handbook to tackle all of these challenges. Written by the President of the Queen’s English Society, this book covers the basics – grammar, spelling and punctuation – and offers tips and tricks on how to improve rhetoric, vocabulary and style, so you can confidently use the English language with flair.

Including amusing examples of what can happen when English is employed incorrectly, and sprinkled with illustrations to drive home key points and short exercises to reinforce essential lessons, this is an authoritative yet entertaining guide to one of the most widely used languages in the world.

About the Author

Bernard C Lamb is Emeritus Reader in Genetics at Imperial College London, and President of the Queen's English Society, a registered charity which, since it was founded in 1972, has become a recognized authority on 'proper' English.

He is the author of many books, including How to Write about Biology and English for Technology, and has featured regularly on television and radio shows such as the Today programme.


  • 'Having been asked many times if he could recommend a definitive guide to use of our glorious language and not satisfied that the right book existed, Lamb wrote it himself', Yorkshire Post
  • 'Covers everything from grammar to writing letters and giving talks', Country Life