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The Pen Commandments

by Steven Frank

   Steven Frank has a new approach to writing: fun first, rules to follow, success for all. In The Pen Commandments, his offbeat and entertaining guide, he's given us a book that all writers can turn to for...


The Genuine Teachers of This Art: Rhetorical Education in Antiquity

by Jeffrey Walker & Thomas W. Benson

A bold reconsideration of classical rhetorical pedagogy


The Pleasure of Thinking: A Journey through the Sideways Leaps of Ideas

by Theodore Dalrymple

What is the connection between God and East Sheen? How do you talk your way out of an Albanian jail? Why do dictators love to make comic books? How does a missed penalty-kick lead to a bloody war? Theodore Dalrymple,...


For the Love of Letters: The Joy of Slow Communication

by John O'Connell

Remember letters? They were good, weren’t they? The thrill of receiving that battered envelope with its longed-for contents – all the better for the wait... Handwritten is a celebration of letter-writing...


How to Publish, Promote, & Sell Your Own Book

by Robert Lawrence Holt

Robert Holt, himself the successful author of four self-published books, now shares his knowledge and savvy with other would-be author-publishers in this step-by-step guide to every aspect of self-publishing....


Peculiar Proverbs

by Stephen Arnott

Peculiar Proverbs is a hilarious and enlightening collection of genuine proverbs from around the world that ignores the sayings we are all familiar with and focuses on the more obscure. Some are deft, witty,...


Winning Proposals

by Hans Tammemagi

Proposals are vital tools of modern business. Many companies would falter without the ability to write proposals that gain funding, venture capital, or grants. Anyone can write a proposal, but writing a winning...


Language: The Basics

by R. L. Trask

What makes human language unique?

Do women speak differently from men?

Just what is the meaning of "meaning"?

Language: The Basics provides a concise introduction to the study of language. Written in an engaging...


The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language

by Mark Forsyth

Do you know why…

…a mortgage is literally a death pledge? …why guns have girls’ names? …why salt is related to soldier?

You’re about to find out…

The Etymologicon (e-t?-‘mä-lä-ji-kän) is:...


Found in Translation: How Language Shapes Our Lives and Transforms the World

by Nataly Kelly & Jost Zetzsche

Translation. It’s everywhere we look, but seldom seen—until now. Found in Translation reveals the surprising and complex ways that translation shapes the world. Covering everything from holy books to hurricane...


The Dimwit's Dictionary: Replace Lazy Writing with Elegant English

by Robert Hartwell Fiske

Thousands of overused words and phrases—and alternatives to them—are compiled in this ultimate writer’s reference, composing the perfect companion for those seeking to weed out bland, commonplace content...


The Routledge Dictionary of English Language Studies

by Michael Pearce

Routledge Dictionary of English Language Studies is an indispensable guide to the richness and variety of the English language for both students and the general reader.


The Thinker's Thesaurus: Sophisticated Alternatives to Common Words (Expanded Second Edition)

by Peter E. Meltzer

The go-to guide for finding those exceptional and unexpected words that will bring your writing to the next level.Do you find that your regular thesaurus spits out the same old words already running through...


Modern Manglish: Gobbledygook Made Plain

by Neil James, Harold Scruby & Alan Moir

In a humorous and thoughtful way, this discussion explores English-language usage, including the traditional linguistic traps of mixed metaphors and mispronunciation, new words and old clichés, euphemisms,...


Origins of the Specious: Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language

by Patricia T. O'Conner & Stewart Kellerman

Do you cringe when a talking head pronounces “niche” as NITCH? Do you get bent out of shape when your teenager begins a sentence with “and”? Do you think British spellings are more “civilised” than...


The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide: How to Make Revisions, Self-Edit, and Give and Receive Feedback

by Becky Levine

Trying to Finish Your Book? There's Strength in Numbers

Whether you're trying to revise your novel or polish up an article to pitch to magazines, it pays to have a few sets of eyes look over your work. But,...


The Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition

by Susan M. Gass & Alison Mackey

The Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition brings together fifty leading international figures in the field to produce a state-of-the-art overview of Second Language Acquisition.

The Handbook covers...


The Dinkum Dictionary

by Susan Butler

Boiling the billy in the outback; planting a wattle in the nature strip; saying g'day to a dingbat. The Dinkum Dictionary tells the stories behind the origins of a rich mix of distinctly Australian words and...


Dictionary of Cricket

by Michael Rundell

Do you know...- the difference between a chinaman and a doosra?- where to find cow corner, the V, and the corridor of uncertainty?- what Nelson, Merlyn and Michelle have to do with cricket?- how to get a ball...


Word Origins

by John Ayto

The average contemporary English speaker knows 50,000 words. Yet stripped down to its origins, this apparently huge vocabulary is in reality much smaller, derived from Latin, French and the Germanic languages....