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It's always a little disconcerting to discover a mistake in a book that's about how to write well, even if it might simply be a case of an accidental misprint.That said, this is a great book! It's an ideal read for journalists and anyone else who wants to write good copy to make a living. It will make you think about not just what you write, but how you write. And its witty quips make what could be a very dry read quite entertaining. But that's hardly a surprise when you consider Evans was one o...
The best book on journalistic writing ever written. I first encountered it in journalism college; 25 years on it remains within arms reach on my desk, next to an Oxford dictionary, Roget's Thesaurus and Fowler. This edition combines Evans' Newsman's English (1972) and News Headlines (1974) to give a comprehensive guide to newspaper (or website) text. While the book is dated in its reference to technology and newsroom organisation - you won't find any advice on SEO optimisation, but that's no gre...
Read it at work, while waiting for a PC. It is commonsensical, and full of astute editing suggestions. A new version for online editing would be super-useful.
Comprehensive read for classic journalistsI approached this read looking for a way to improve my journalistic skills and get constantly better at what I'm doing. I was not disappointed. Essential English contains a plethora of examples of best practice, advice and suggestions to excel in the craft.It does dwell for too long on some examples sometimes, and I found most of its considerations can be applied only to hard news and print newspapers, rather than online writing. But there is a lot to le...
Essential reading for those who want to write nonfiction comprehensively
A bit dry and dense in places, but full of practical advice and the odd humorous anecdotes. A must read for journalists, both reporters and editors.
Great editing and writing guide.
‘The penny-a-liner, who has largely disappeared anyway, is a petty corruptor of the language by comparison with Her Majesty’s Government and the Pentagon. English has no greater enemy than officialese. Daily the stream of language is polluted by viscous verbiage. Meaning is clouded by vague abstraction, euphemism conceals identity, and words, words, words weigh the mind down.’Amen.
A great and very, very, useful book. One to keep close and dip into: frequently. Despite my initial forebodings, this book is a lively and memorable read.
I love this book! Since I am studying journalismI will read it again and again. I think it is interesting for everyone who wants to write a good clear English.
The perfect cure for those who believe that "good" writing necessarily involves the use of bombastic phrases and big words: http://goo.gl/m31PH (The Reading Room).
Might be the most important book I've ever read