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Plain Words [Format Kindle]

Rebecca Gowers , Ernest Gowers

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Gowers's main precepts are as sensible today as they were when he first presented them ... beneficial, intelligent and sympathetic (David Crystal)

Rebecca Gowers has been charged with the task of producing a version which is true to the spirit of the original but adapted to the needs of the 21st century. She discharges this task with wit and delicacy (Stefan Collini Prospect)

Over half a century after Plain Words was first published, its principles are as important as ever: say what you mean in the clearest possible fashion. Rebecca Gowers has done a great job ... superb (Caroline Taggart)

One thing that makes Gowers such an engaging figure is that he isn't prissy, priggish or prim. As far as he is concerned, language is a living thing that is constantly changing - and this is just as it should be (Sunday Telegraph)

Who should read this book? Anyone who writes (Russell Davies The Oldie)

Still the best book on English and how to write it ... Unhappy with versions rewritten by others, Rebecca Gowers, Sir Ernest's great-granddaughter, has produced a new edition ... The result is splendid ... Gowers wrote with wit, humanity and common sense ... [his] central advice should be taped to the screen of anyone sitting down at a computer keyboard (Michael Skapinker Financial Times)

The book has been modernized but preserves all its original charm ... There is arguably a greater need for its circulation among the general public [than ever before] (Big Issue)

Vastly informative and indispensable (Bill Bryson)

Itself a model of how plain words should be used (Telegraph)

The zeal with which Sir Ernest uncovers error is matched only by the wit with which he chastises it (Evening Standard)

Plain Words should be re-issued to all public servants (Eliza Manningham-Buller Spectator)

The great Sir Ernest Gowers ... the grand old boy himself (Lynne Truss)

I am glad that attention should be continually drawn to copies of this book ... I am in full sympathy with the doctrine laid down by Sir Ernest Gowers (Sir Winston Churchill)

A small literary jewel (Evening News)

A delight, a classic of its kind (John o'London's Weekly)

Great fun to read (Economist)

Brilliant (New Statesman)

A sweetly reasonable and wholly admirable guide (The Times)

It will delight far wider circles than those to whom it is primarily addressed (Observer)

Présentation de l'éditeur

'Be short, be simple, be human.'

When Sir Ernest Gowers first wrote Plain Words, it was intended simply as a guide to the proper use of English for the Civil Service. Within a year, however, its humour, charm and authority had made it a bestseller. Since then it has never been out of print.

Six decades on, writer Rebecca Gowers has created a new edition of this now-classic work that both revises and celebrates her great-grandfather's original. Plain Words has been updated to reflect numerous changes in English usage, yet Sir Ernest's distinctive, witty voice is undimmed. And his message remains vital: our writing should be as clear and comprehensible as possible, avoiding superfluous words and clichés - from the jargon of 'commercialese' to the murky euphemisms of politicians.

In a new preface, this edition draws on an extensive private archive, previously hidden away in family cupboards and attics, to tell the story behind a book that has become an institution: the essential guide to making yourself understood.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 It's good to have the original updated 29 mai 2014
Par Khalid Ikram - Publié sur
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This is one of the most useful books on writing clear and courteous English, something that is a must for everyone but even more so for government officials. The original book by Sir Ernest Gowers was produced for the British Civil Service, and has been considered a classic for several decades. There have been two revisions (I have read both) that attempted to make it a little more modern. They were fine, but it was time for another edition. This one (the third) does not base itself on the most recent version, but goes back to the original and makes such changes as the editor (by the name, one of the Gowers family) feels are necessary to make its comments more useful for contemporary usage.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 you couldn't start in a better place, actually the book is that interesting that ... 14 janvier 2015
Par Russell Miles - Publié sur
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If you want to say what you mean, you couldn't start in a better place, actually the book is that interesting that you can open to any page and be fascinated while learning.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Four Stars 15 juin 2015
Par Virginia Lohner - Publié sur
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good resource
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Vain endeavo(u)r 28 mars 2015
Par Simon Barrett 'Il Penseroso' - Publié sur
This will soon seem as amusingly old-fashioned as all its predecessors (this is the fourth recension, and Gowers himself looked back to Fowler). We strive in vain to cage the wind. A second star because, while cashing in on the family name, the author/editor at least provides a historical dimension
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