Here is where you can find English and foreign dictionaries, thesauruses (what is another word for thesaurus?!); phrase books; books about words and language; atlases; dictionaries of quotations, etiquette, and various subjects; and reference books about writing, editing, and publishing.

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Making Sense: The Glamorous Story of English GrammarCover Image, Making Sense

David Crystal
Profile Books
ISBN 9781781256022
Paperback 2017
Price $AU 22.99
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The world's greatest authority on language explains the secrets and subtleties of the grammar of English. David Crystal explores its history and varieties, explains its rules and irregularities and shows how to navigate its snares and pitfalls. He gives practical guidance on how grammar is used in different ways for different purposes and in different social settings. In a series of revealing illustrations he also considers what learned and prominent people have said about English grammar over the centuries. Like its three companion volumes Making Sense will appeal to everyone interested in the English language and how to use it.

How to be a WriterCover Image, How to be a Writer

John Birmingham
ISBN 9781742234847
Paperback 2016
Price $AU 24.99
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Most novelists attempt to write their first novels in small snatches of time-a few hours here, a few hours there. This book is designed to accommodate this writing approach, featuring a combination of exercises, how-to instruction, and motivational passages to keep writers moving forward every time they sit down to write. For fiction writers of all skill levels and genres.This book(full title being: How to be a Writer: Who Smashes Deadlines, Crushes Editors and Lives in a Solid Gold Hovercraft) is goal-oriented, helping writers meet certain benchmarks as they work toward completing their novels.

Worst WordsCover Image, Worst Words

Don Watson
Random House
ISBN 9780857983442
Trade paperback 2015
Price $AU 29.99
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Dr Don Watson - with his trademark wit and wisdom - says enough already! The English language is complex and evolving, and can win minds, hearts and nations. Why don't we try using it? Depending where you are on the change continuum, a quick pulse check will be in order and a scan of the forthcoming weather events before you move forward with your shark mitigation strategies. Were any animals were harmed in the above statement? The level of customer-centric vigilance remains below acceptable benchmarks and weasel words continue to fill our mailboxes, inboxes, ears and minds.

Eats, Shoots & LeavesCover Image, Eats, Shoots and Leaves

Lynne Truss
ISBN 9780007329069
Paperback 2009
Price $AU 19.99
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A witty, entertaining, impassioned guide to perfect punctuation, for everyone who cares about precise writing. When social histories come to be written of the first decade of the 21st century, people will note a turning point in 2003 when declining standards of punctuation were reversed. Linguists will record Lynne Truss as the saviour of the semi-colon and the avenging angel of the apostrophe.

Troublesome WordsCover Image, Troublesome Words

Bill Bryson
Penguin Books
ISBN 9780141040394
Paperback 2002
Price $AU 24.99
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What is the difference between mean and median, blatant and flagrant, flout and flaunt? Is it whodunnit or whodunit? Do you know? Are you sure? With Troublesome Words, journalist and bestselling travel-writer Bill Bryson gives us a clear, concise and entertaining guide to the problems of English usage and spelling that has been an indispensable companion to those who work with the written word for over twenty years.

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