What Not to Write: An A-to-Z of the Dos and Don'ts of Good English

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This is a pocket-sized, information-packed and entertaining guide that has been compiled on the basis of long experience in helping people produce documents written in good English, with the underlying message that simple English is the best English. "What not to Write" deals with all those awkward issues - acronyms, ambiguity, American-English, bureaucratese, business English, captions, cliches, grammar, hyphens, jargon, punctuation, quotations, sexist writing, spelling, writing letters and much, much more. Writing English should be a pleasure and although there are rules and conventions, as this book shows, they should be used as a foundation on which to build the confidence to explore the richness and versatility of the language and to put the message across, clearly and simply, in a way that will capture the reader's attention. This handy reference book will be a vital tool for anyone working with the written word, particularly those who write client/company reports, theses, professional papers - students and professionals alike will benefit from having a copy to hand.

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Kay Sayce has more than 30 years' experience in book publishing, starting with the publication of her first book in 1978. A year later, after a stint as a publisher's reader, she joined Faber & Faber, London, as an editor. In 1982 she became senior education editor with Macmillans Zimbabwe, and was subsequently production editor of Encyclopaedia Australia (Collins Australia) and general editor of Birds of Southern Africa (Readers' Digest). In 1985 she founded Quest Publishing Ltd to commission and publish titles in fiction, education and politics, including a major co-publication with John Murray Publishers, London. In 1988, working from the UK, she became a publishing consultant for international aid agencies affiliated to the EU, World Bank and United Nations; the work included co-publishing with John Wiley Publishers. As a sideline in 2005 she launched a series of small-format business books, selling the rights to the leading title to a Far East publisher in 2008. She joined the Firsty Group in 2010. Kay also works under her married name, Kay Powell

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