For Who the Bell Tolls
One Man's Quest for Grammatical Perfection
Some language rules are worth knowing – but which ‘rules’ just make clear communication harder? The editor of the Guardian’s style guide cites authorities including Shakespeare, Bart Simpson and Kirsty MacColl as he explains the grammatical principles (not ‘principals’) that will help to perfect your writing. He also advises on the correct choice of words and urges us to resist jargon, euphemisms and the journalistic mistreatment of ‘ironic’ and ‘iconic’.
The Shape We're In
How Junk Food and Diets Are Shortening Our Lives
Award-winning Guardian health editor Sarah Boseley suggests that we are largely unaware of the obesity epidemic happening around us, and that we should take issue with food and drink manufacturers, fast-food chains, our attitude to obesity and the diet industry itself. Boseley presents some frightening facts and statistics, but also proposes solutions; they involve the whole community, and a huge change in attitude.
Another Day in the Death of America
Saturday, 23 November 2013: across the cities and suburbs of the USA, ten young people are killed by gunfire. None of these deaths made the national news – it was just an ordinary day. In ten moving chapters – one for each victim – this powerful book explores the lives they lived and lost, from an eleven-year-old boy shot dead by a friend at a rural sleepover to a teenage gang member murdered on Chicago’s South Side.
I Think I Can See Where You're Going Wrong
And Other Wise and Witty Comments from Guardian Readers
Gathered from the daily crop of some 47,000 online comments on the Guardian website, this compilation ranges between heartfelt opinion and daft puns. It is unfailingly entertaining as Guardian readers air their views 'below the line' on everything from the pronunciation of quinoa to theatre-going: 'I can't resist a good nap during a visit to the theatre. Comfy seats, warmth, people talking in the background – lovely.'
When the Lamps Went Out: From Home Front to Battle
Front: Reporting the Great War 1914–1918
Official censorship meant that reports of the First World War published in the Manchester Guardian were limited, but from today's perspective they give a sense of what British society was thinking and reading about at the time. This collection of articles from the paper's archive also allows us a wider view of contemporary attitudes, with reports on the music hall, the impact of Charlie Chaplin, the 'Country Diary' and international events such as the Easter Rising and the Russian Revolution.