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The Queen's English

And How to Use It

Extent: 256pages

Size: 198x129mm

Publication Date: 25/06/2015

Price: £7.99

ISBN: 9781782434344

Categories: Maths & English

Publication Date: 31/07/2011

Price: £12.99

ISBN: 9781843177548

Categories: Maths & English

About the Book

'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

Written by the President of the Queen’s English Society and covering all of the basics, this clear and practical guide will teach anyone how to write and use English correctly.

What is good English, and why do we need it? The Queen's English shows how the English language, used properly, has great power to instruct, move and entertain people, but used incorrectly, can lead to a lack of clarity and confusion.

This book informs in a light-hearted way, reminding readers how to use the basics of grammar, punctuation and spelling, as well as further teaching them new tips and tricks of style, rhetoric, vocabulary and the use of foreign phrases, to give their writing and speech a stylish and impressive flair.

The book also shows the perils of using language incorrectly, offering extremely (if unintentionally) humorous examples of where bad English can cause one thing to mean something entirely different!

Authoritative yet entertaining, and illustrated with pithy drawings, this is the ideal book for anyone who strives for clear, stylish and accurate communication.

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.

Reviews

  • '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