In his best-selling Strictly English, Simon Heffer explained how to write well. Now, in Simply English, he offers an entertaining and supremely useful A–Z guide to frequent errors, common misunderstandings, and stylistic howlers. What is the difference between amending and emending, between implying and inferring, and between the uninterested and disinterested? When should one use ‘owing to’ rather than ‘due to’? Why should the temptation to write ‘actually’, ‘basically’ or ‘at this moment in time’ always be strenuously resisted? How do you use an apostrophe correctly, ensure that you understand what alibi really means, and avoid the perils of the double negative?
With everything from articles on articles to points on punctuation, from explorations of tabloid English to adverbs and adjectives, Simply English is the essential companion for anyone who cares about the English language and wants to be able to use it correctly.
Over a career on Fleet Street spanning nearly 30 years, Simon Heffer has written columns for and held senior positions at the Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph and The Spectator. He studied English at Cambridge, later going on to gain a PhD in History at the university. His previous history books include Moral Desperado: A Life of Thomas Carlyle, Like the Roman: The Life of Enoch Powell, Nor Shall My Sword: The Reinvention of England, Vaughan Williams and most recently the much lauded, High Minds: The Victorians and the Birth of Modern Britain. His first language book, Strictly English was a Sunday Times bestseller in 2010.
Simon Heffer will be giving an afternoon talk at 1:30pm in The Three Swans Hotel on Friday June 20th
He will be happy to answer questions and sign copies of his books.
Tickets are £7 (includes a cup of tea or coffee)