Words, writers and writing

WAR has been declared.  It has long been simmering with spasmodic outbreaks of invective hurled across the Great Grammatical Divide separating the two sides. But now it is out in the open. Apostrophe or no apostrophe, that is the question (as the greatest source of precise English would likely have defined it). It is no longer a matter of fusillades of mud-slinging between grammarians and the anti-punctuation heretics. It is now a costly matter of law. To be settled in the courts, no less. One more battleground in the widening split between the woke and non-woke. And all because one… Continue reading

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STARTING a previously unread book is a journey into the unknown, but one full of hope and expectation. Perhaps it’s sparked by an intriguing review, or an enthusiastic word of mouth recommendation. Maybe fellow book bloggers – at least those with no axe to grind or promoters to please – have heaped praise on the clever plot, brilliant writing or spellbinding narrative. Or it was stumbled across when navigating Goodreads’  bewildering maze of  rants and opinions. Sometimes it results from the sudden sighting of the latest creation of a favourite writer. It is impatiently seized upon, a here and now… Continue reading