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Thanks to Juliet Gardiner: AbeBooks’ fan

History writer Juliet Gardiner is a fan of AbeBooks and talks us up in Saturday’s issue of The Guardian where she writes about writing non-fiction. Gardiner is a former editor of History Today magazine.

You need to avoid exclamation marks and clichés (like the plague), you should use adverbs as if they were rationed and remember that in real life – which is where non-fiction writers are – people say things, or possibly argue them, or occasionally insist on them. They do not proclaim, or aver, or laugh them (as celebrity magazines would have us believe) – or mull them, for heaven’s sake, as I read recently. And if you ever start a sentence with “meanwhile”, you have literally lost the plot.

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