This is a guide to English usage for readers and writers, professional and amateur, established and aspiring, formal trainees and those trying to break in; students of English, both language and literature, and their teachers.
In Quite Literally, Wynford Hicks answers questions like:
The advice given can be applied to both formal speech - what is carefully considered, broadcast, presented, scripted or prepared for delivery to a public audience - and will even enhance your everyday languange too!
Practical and fun, whether to improve your writing for professional purposes or simply enjoy exploring the highways and byways of English usage, readers from all walks of life will find this book both invaluable and enjoyable.
'Hicks has a good eye for otiose construction and puffed-up words … he trawls contemporary literature, blue pencil poised, marking down Margaret Drabble, Jonathan Franzen and even the Queen' - Times Literary Supplement
'Hicks' book is a useful and entertaining addition to any home or school library' - The Teacher
'For any language enthusiast, this is so entertaining you can't put it down' - Mantex book reviews
'This handy book should stand on the desk of anyone engaged in written communication' - Church Times, The Church of England Newspaper
'Wynford Hicks really does have a way with words … the correct way. Whether you want to improve your writing for professional purposes or just want to know more about our native language this book provides excellent value.' - Sunday Sun