Many books claim to improve their readers’ English. We haven’t read them all, but suggest you beware anything that offers easy answers. Good writing grows out of thought and practice, not just reading a book.

We think the titles in the following lists range from pretty good to brilliant. They will help anyone who wants to write well or know more about English. Some ought to be in offices as handy reference material.

The books are listed under three sections:

Clear English

Grammar & punctuation

General language topics