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Plain English writing

The Plain English Guide by Martin Cutts The Plain English Guide by Martin Cutts
This guide is for anyone who writes public information leaflets, letters and reports. It has a very useful chapter on layout problems and solutions. It contains everything you ever wanted to know about plain language, word choice, voice, legal language.
Plain English Plain English by Collinson, Kirkup, Kyd and Slocombe
Contains a useful chapter on references and bibliographies.
The Complete Plain Words by Sir Ernest Gower The Complete Plain Words by Sir Ernest Gower
In the author's words: "The main purpose of this book is to help officials in their use of written English as a tool of their trade." It needs no further recommendation!
Grammar in Plain English by Harriet Diamond and Phyllis Dutwin Grammar in Plain English by Harriet Diamond and Phyllis Dutwin
A solid guide for Key Stage 3 students of English and advanced ESL learners.


Grammar

Punctuate it Right by Harry Shaw Punctuate it Right! by Harry Shaw
Easy to follow. Never put a comma in the wrong place again!
Troublesome Words by Bill Bryson Troublesome Words by Bill Bryson
An extremely entertaining and informative book. Even if you are not at all interested in English language, you are sure to find this book is fun to read.


Writing skills

Correct Writing by Butler Hickman and Overby Correct Writing by Butler Hickman and Overby
Everything you need to know about writing.
Clear writing by Diana Bonet Clear writing by Diana Bonet
This is a workbook, so you get lots of practice to help you gain confidence.
How to Write by Herbert Meyer and Julia Meyer How to Write by Herbert Meyer and Julia Meyer
An excellent and concise guide to the basics of business writing. If you don't have much time to read around the subject, read this one.
On Writing Well by William Zinsser On Writing Well by William Zinsser
A good all-round guide to writing non-fiction, particularly useful for article writers and budding columnists.



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