The Glamour of Grammar: A Guide to the Magic and Mystery of Practical English by Roy Peter Clark
Pub. August 2010
From the front cover flap : “Early in the history of English, glamour and grammar were the same word, linked to enchantment and magical spells. Now grammar brings to mind language bullies and bored -out-of-their-skulls students. Roy Peter Clark, one of America’s most influential writing teachers, wants to change that by putting the glamour back into grammar.”
Personally I think he succeeded pretty well at that. The book has 50 chapters. All of them pretty short and each a lesson on some aspect of grammar or writing. Some of the chapters are just general advice on improving writing and vocabulary such as Chapter 1 on reading dictionaries and chapter 5 on consulting a thesaurus. Others are about the proper use of punctuation such as chapter 14 on the use of the semicolon. There is also a chapter on when you should break the rules.
The book reminded me of a what I learned (and some things I didn’t learn) in school. He made it lots more fun than I remember it being though. I actually laughed a few times. The chapters are short enough that you can read one during a break or just consult it when you have a question without taking a lot of time. And he makes it easy to understand.
I recommend this book to anyone who wants to improve their writing. I enjoyed reading it.
This is one of the books available to the winner of my giveaway.