Titles and Forms of Address
A Guide to Correct Use
At a time when long-established conventions in speech and correspondence are being eroded, there are still formal and social occasions when it is necessary to know and understand correct usage. This guide from the publishers of Who’s Who sets out forms of address for men and women with ranks, honours and official appointments. It includes simpler forms appropriate to email and there is guidance on replying to formal invitations and the pronunciation of tricky proper names.
Literary Invective from Amis to Zola
'Every time I read Pride and Prejudice I want to dig her up and hit her over the head with her own shin bone' – such was Mark Twain's regard for Jane Austen's writing prowess. Similarly acrimonious sentiments fill this entertaining compendium of literary backbiting, from Thomas de Quincey's low opinion of Homer to the cut and thrust of modern reviewing with Bevis Hillier v. AN Wilson.
Skyscrapers, Hemlines and the Eddie Murphy Rule
What is the difference between Murphy’s Law and Sod’s Law? Why is the Pooh-Pooh Theory implausible? Will we fall victim to the Skyscraper Index? In chapters on everything from politics and economics to scuba diving, Philip Gooden sets out informal laws, unwritten rules and theories, and reveals their origins, the people responsible and what they mean – unless they are as inexplicable as Herblock’s Law: If it’s good, they’ll stop making it.