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  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart; 9 edition (Nov. 11 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771056850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771056857
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 15.7 x 22.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MUnge on Oct. 12 2012
Format: Paperback
I read the previous review and took issue with some of the points raised.

First, one has to understand the purpose of this book: it is not a literary guide on how to write newsworthy articles; rather, it is point of reference for common, everyday issues that pop up when writing various texts. I purchased this book several years ago and still continue to refer to it on a bi-weekly basis, when presented with a question from one my colleagues or for my own personal use, when faced with a tricky point relating to grammar / capitalization / plurals. For example, it’s great to be able to make reference to this book and assert (with authority) that Federal Government (sic) should not have capitals – this happens more than you can imagine!

Second, the previous review does make one good point: the organization of the book is, let’s just say, special. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll certainly be able to find the required information in a flash; that said, initially, getting the right answer is nothing but trial and error. Thus, I just hope that they come out with a logical, 10th edition!

Bottom line: if you write a lot, this book can be invaluable!
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By Kathleen Porch on Feb. 27 2014
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I read the article written by Sylvia Stead printed in the January 25, 2014 issue of the Globe and Mail. Sent for the book thinking it may be of help to my two granddaughters .... I confess that the book hasn't got as far as their house yet, just flick through every now and then for my own information/entertainment.
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6 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Nikki D on Jan. 1 2008
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I purchased this for someone who has aspirations of becoming a journalist. I was hoping it would go above and beyond what a high school grammar/writing book would and really dig into the way newspapers and other media expect people to write. It didn't. It was basically a small dictionary of such things as political events and proper names for different groups of people, with no categorization other than alphabetical (which is a terrible way to organize this sort of book..why not have all of the punctuation marks in the same area in a style book, instead of alphabetized..or at lease have step by step tutorials on their usage instead of short, dictionary-like definitions?). From the title I assumed that there would be some sort of organized, step by step guide to writing properly for the media. It was just a jumble of information, organized alphabetically. One might as well just search online for any of the topics listed in the book...they would get quicker and longer answers that way.
Although I'm sure the definitions given could be helpful, and I understand the value of having a credible source for the definitions a professional writer has to go by, I felt the title was misleading for the layperson (it seems like it is supposed to be on how to write well) and that similar definitions as found in this "mini-dictionary" could easily be found online.
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