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First You Write a Sentence.: The Elements of Reading, Writing … and Life. Kindle Edition

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What a lovely thing this is: a book that delights in the sheer textural joy of good sentences. Joe Moran has written a book about writing that is itself a collection of sentences to inspire, divert and console. Any aspiring writer should read it, if only to be reminded how crazily hard it is to write words 'in such a way that they can be deciphered in your absence' (Bee Wilson)

Thoughtful, engaging, and lively exposé of the quirks and beauties of the full sentence . . . It's a style guide by stealth: when you've read it, you realise you've changed your attitude to writing (and reading). (John Simpson, formerly Chief Editor of the OED and author of The Word Detective)

Joe Moran is the most perceptive and original observer of British life that we have (Matthew Engel)

Moran has fast become Britain's foremost explorer and explainer of the disregarded (Juliet Gardiner, author of 'Wartime: Britain 1939-1945')

Moran is a past master at producing fine, accessible non-fiction. (Helen Davies Sunday Times)

Moran is a wonderful, witty writer, and here he surpasses himself (Marcus Berkmann (on Shrinking Violets) Daily Mail)

Joe Moran has a genius for turning the prosaic poetic (Peter Hennessy)

Joe Moran is a wonderfully gifted social historian...he has the poet's ability to find the remarkable in the commonplace (Craig Brown)

Moran's genius is to show us what was right in front of us all along (Bee Wilson)

Moran is a past master at producing fine, accessible non-fiction. His trick is to take what might be considered a perfectly ordinary behaviour ... and uncover fact after fascinating fact (Helen Davies Sunday Times) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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The sentence is the common ground where every writer walks.

A poet writes in sentences, but so does the unsung author who came up with Items trapped in doors cause delays. A good sentence can be written (and read) by anyone if we simply give it the gift of our time, and it is as close as most of us will get to making something truly beautiful.

Enter widely-acclaimed author Professor Joe Moran. Using minimal technical terms, First You Write a Sentence is his unpedantic but authoritative explanation of how the most ordinary words can be turned into verbal constellations of extraordinary grace. Using sources ranging from the Bible and Shakespeare to George Orwell and Maggie Nelson, and scientific studies of what can best fire the reader's mind, he shows how we can all write in a way that is clear, compelling and alive.

Whether dealing with finding the ideal word, building a sentence or constructing a paragraph, First You Write a Sentence informs by light example: much richer than a style guide, it can be read not just for instruction but for pleasure and delight. And along the way it shows how good writing can help us notice the world, make ourselves known to others and live more meaningful lives. It's an elegant gem in praise of the English sentence.

--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN : B07CV5ZSFR
  • Publisher : Penguin (27 September 2018)
  • Language : English
  • File size : 1414 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Not Enabled
  • Print length : 224 pages
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