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Dictionary of Printing and Publishing


P. H. Collin
Peter Collin Publishing Ltd

9,000 terms defined, including papermaking, ink, printing and binding machines, typesetting, editing, etc


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£17.99

The Grouchy Grammarian: A How-Not-To Guide to the 47 Most Common Mistakes by Journalists, Broadcasters, and Others Who Should Know Better: A ... Who Should Know Better (Social Science)


Thomas Parrish
John Wiley & Sons

Parrish and his fictional friend expose the 47 most common mistakes in English, many of which are made by those who should know better.  Check out whether you’ve been getting it right.  An amusing, sophisticated semi-classic from the US.


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£35.00

Oxford Dictionary of English


Catherine Soanes, Angus Stevenson
OUP Oxford

Benefits from the huge authority of the Oxford English DictionaryWonderful online resource giving 'a truly astounding picture of the English language as an extraordinary living phenomenon' (Robert McCrum); Over 500,000 words with its huge database and the history behind it.  Drawing on 80 million words, with careful collection of new words.  The academics' favourite, this Dictionary is particularly good on word origins.


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£20.00

Chambers English Thesaurus


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Chambers

Well-organised thesaurus, which draws on its parent the Chambers Dictionary. The innovative design and layout makes selecting an appropriate synonym simple and straightforward and there are over 15,000 headwords and 350,000 synonyms and antonyms in the book.


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£10.95

The Poet's Manual and Rhyming Dictionary (Stillman)


Frances Stillman
Thames & Hudson

An essential reference tool for every verse writer, this is the most extensive rhyming dictionary available and also has good coverage of slang and colloquial words.


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£12.99


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Quotations for Our Time: Gems of Wit, Brevity and Originality from Minds Ancient and Modern


Laurence J. Peter, Laurence J. Peter
Souvenir Press Ltd

Excellent source-book for today's writers and public speakers, described by our reviewer as 'a highly enjoyable romp through the best wit and wisdom of our times'


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£9.99

The Complete Plain Words


Sir Ernest Gowers, Sidney Greenbaum, Janet Whitcut
Penguin

Entertaining classic which provides an authoritative guide to good English.  Current usage of vocabulary and style is explained clearly and sections included cover: jargon, clichés, spelling and punctuation; ground rules of grammar; superfluous words, using words correctly and concisely, overuse or misuse; sexist language, the influence of science and technology and American English.


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£35.00

The Chambers Dictionary


Catherine E Schwarz, Editors of Chambers, Chambers Editors of, Editors Of Chambers
Chambers

Considered by many to be their favourite dictionary, this one has a literary reputation and many writers use it every day.  It is the official dictionary used for Scrabble. Revised edition with 10,000 new words in 2004.


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£20.00

Fowler's Modern English Usage (Re-Revised 3rd Edition)


R. W. Burchfield
Oxford University Press

Regarded by many as the bible on how to use the language, this classic work of reference is still an essential handbook for any writer who wants to get it right.


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£4.50

Black's Writing Dictionary


T.J. Hulme, T.F. Carmody, J.A. Hulme
A & C Black (Childrens books)

A fairly basic paperback dictionary which uses two colours to highlight different forms of the words.
    

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£15.99


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The Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors


Robert Ritter
Oxford University Press

Essential reference tool for writers. Our Reviewer says that this is ‘nothing less than a compendious (comprehensive but fairly brief) assembly of all kinds of information…if I have a niggling question about correct spelling or meaning, my first port of call is more often the Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors'.


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£9.99

The Small Press Guide 2003: The Complete Guide to Poetry and Small Press Magazines (Writers' Bookshop)


James Feeke
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£8.99

A Concise Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (Oxford Paperback Reference)


Chris Baldick
Oxford Paperbacks

Authoritative advice for any writer and a good book to have to hand to refer to. Containing over 1,000 of the most troublesome literary terms, this book gives clear and often witty explanations to terms such as hypertext and postmodernism. Among the book's features are: extensive coverage of traditional drama, rhetoric, literary history, and textual criticism; and fully updated terms that have become prominent in the last few years.


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£6.99

Oxford Writers' Dictionary (Oxford Paperback Reference)


R.E. Allen
Oxford Paperbacks

Described by Keith Waterhouse as an ‘essential quick reference on matters of style’, this handy little A-to-Z dictionary is quite comprehensive and includes useful words such as names.


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£10.99

A Word a Day: A Romp Through Some of the Most Unusual and Intriguing Words in English (Social Science)


Anu Garg, Suti Garg
John Wiley & Sons

An entertaining romp through the world of words, using the ‘word a day’ approach.  What do you call the dot on the top of the letter ‘i’?  What on earth is a boondoggle?  If you can’t wait to find out, this one’s for you. The Observer said it: ‘has been the number one bestseller on amazon.com and the subject of surprisingly emotive feedback’.


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£30.00

Collins English Dictionary : Complete and Unabridged


Collins
Collins

A major dictionary which is strong on clear definitions, derivations, cross-referencing, technical and scientific terms.  Revised in 2003 to include thousands of new words, it is rooted in the Bank of English, Collins' 524 million word database.


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£5.99

Collins Word Power - Good Grammar


Graham King
Collins

Covering sentence construction and grammar, this handy little book helps you to break down the barriers between you and clear communication.


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£6.99


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Rotten Rejections: The Letters That Publishers Wish They'd Never Sent


Andre Bernard
Robson Books Ltd

Andre Bernard's witty collection of rejections has just been reissued by the publisher, so now you can buy the book for yourself or look at the excerpts on our site. Lust for Life by Irving Stone was described by one publisher as ‘A long, dull novel about an artist.’ It was rejected 16 times, but found a publisher and went on to sell about 25 million copies.


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£5.99

Collins Word Power - Punctuation


Graham King
Collins

How to use punctuation


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£5.99

Collins Word Power - Good Writing


Graham King
Collins

How to express what you want to say in clear and grammatically correct English.


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£7.99

The Craft of Writing Romance (Writers' Bookshop)


Jean Saunders, Spencer Hart
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The author of more than 80 novels under various pseudonyms provides a practical and encouraging short guide to writing romantic novels.


Genre Fiction Writing

£16.99

Novel and Short Story Writer's Market 2003 (Novel & Short Story Writer's Market)


Anne Bowling
Writer's Digest Books

How to get you work into print in the US, a huge reference with more than 1900 places to get your fiction into print.  As well as useful articles, includes pay rates, email addresses and phone numbers, making it the essential handbook for fiction submissions.


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£40.84

Encyclopaedia Britannica Ultimate 2013


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