Monday, April 27, 2015

The Writer's Diet

The Writer's Diet
Helen Sword
Auckland University Press - $24.99
Paperback, 190 x 140 mm, 88 pages
978 1 86940 831 2,

This bestselling handbook will highlight your bad writing habits and sharpen your style – for clearer, crisper sentences and punchier prose.

‘Who says nutritious material must be bland? This short book is packed with excellent advice on writing, offered with charm and good cheer.’ Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century.

Is your writing flabby or fit? If your sentences are weighed down with passives and prepositions, be-verbs and waste words, The Writer’s Diet is for you. This book will help you energise your writing and strip unnecessary padding from your prose.

The Writer’s Diet offers a short, sharp introduction to great writing. Through the online test at and the analysis and examples in this book, Helen Sword teaches writers of all kinds – students to teachers, lawyers to librarians – how to transform flabby sentences into active, energetic prose.

Professor Helen Sword is a literary scholar and director of the Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education at the University of Auckland. She is a scholar, poet, and award-winning teacher who has published widely on literature, higher education and academic writing. Her books include Engendering Inspiration (Michigan 1995), Ghostwriting Modernism (Cornell 2002), Pacific Rim Modernisms (Toronto, co-edited 2009), and Stylish Academic Writing (Harvard 2012).

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