The New Fowler’s Modern English Usage
ROBERT BURCHFIELD Oxford University Press
Revised third edition. A superb authority since 1926 (first edition).
The Oxford Guide to English Usage
EDMUND WEINER AND ANDREW DELAHUNTY Oxford University Press
Clear, crisp and thorough guide to current use of English.
teach yourself correct english
A.A. PHYTHIAN AND ALBERT ROWE teach yourself
Sounds dull and forbidding, but isn’t. Readable and covers a lot of useful topics in a short space.
BILL BRYSON Penguin Language/Linguistics
Witty, intelligent look at how English developed and is used today. Not a reference textbook, but packed with nuggets.
The King’s English
KINGSLEY AMIS HarperCollins
Brilliant and eccentric scan of interesting words.
The Stories of English
DAVID CRYSTAL Penguin
The most famous professor of English language today discusses many aspects of English. Intelligent, but not a specialist academic book. If you like exploring English, try this Aladdin’s cave.
The Guardian Stylebook
DAVID MARSH AND NIKKI MARSHALL Guardian Books
Learn how the Grauniad achieves the accuracy and consistency of expression that elude less rigorous masters of the language. Witty, authoritative and instantly usable.
The Economist Style Guide
Profile Books Ltd
We like this a lot. Everyone who writes regularly should have one at their desk.
The Elements of Style
STRUNK AND WHITE Longman
Brilliant little book by authors who really cared about using language well. Blows apart the silly notion that Americans cannot write English.
Plain English for Lawyers
RICHARD WYDICK Carolina Academic Press
Another superb lesson from America in how to write well. Wydick is a professor of law and a gifted writer. This book is not just for lawyers, although they will find it invaluable.
Lifting the Fog of Legalese
JOSEPH KIMBLE Carolina Academic Press
Same comments as for Wydick, who says “This book belongs in the library of every lawyer who takes language seriously.”