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I have always admired the writing style of the Economist. Bought this book to help my son to polish up his essay writing style. I had expected a book of basic rules and style tips, but it’s more like a dictionary setting out some very fine details, eg, “French: any de is likely to be lower case...”, “total: is all right as a noun, but as a verb prefer amount to or add up to”.
The introduction is great though. Did what I had expected the whole book to do. Would be great if the Economist can extend this into a whole new book.
This was always the book on which all 'house styles' of newspapers or magazines or other for which one might be writing would be based and remains so. It ranges from broad issues of style to detailed analysis of differences between English and what they now term 'American English' ('no such thing,' as my tutors at Oxford used to say) and then to correct forms for various word and sentence configurations.