The go-to good English guide from the grammar guru himself, Gyles Brandreth . . .
Don't know if it's, like, okay to say 'like'?
Are your apostrophe's in the wrong place?
Should it be 'past' or 'passed'?
Want to make fewer not less grammatical mistakes?
Then do not despair, Gyles Brandreth's Have You Eaten Grandma? is the definitive (and hilarious) guide to punctuation, spelling, and good English for the twenty-first century.
Self-confessed grammar guru, Gyles pokes fun at the linguistic foibles of our time, tells us where we've been going wrong (and how to put it right), and reveals his tips and tricks to make every one of us better, more-confident users (not abusers) of the English language.
'A laugh-a-lot, spanning everything . . . great book, I'm loving this' Chris Evans, BBC Radio 2
'Brandreth excels . . . in all his linguistic joie de vivre' Guardian
Why not tune in to the Have You Eaten Grandma? podcast, starring Gyles and grammar lovers and experts?
Self-styled "language obsessive and... punctuation perfectionist" Brandreth (Oscar Wilde and the Return of Jack the Ripper), a mystery novelist, BBC broadcaster, and former member of Parliament, defends the correct use of English in this witty usage guide. Presenting "the richest language in the world" as a well-established route to health, wealth, and happiness albeit one imperiled by social media and other modern developments he starts with the basics: proper punctuation, dashes and hyphens, apostrophes, spelling, and pluralization. Brandreth uses humorous examples, historical asides (Dan Quayle's "potatoe" spelling), extensive charts, and mnemonic devices of his own creation to illustrate his points. Though the Queen's (i.e., British) English is his main focus, he also sets aside his "stiff upper lip" (a stereotypically English trait which is actually an American coinage) to explore its many divergences from American English. The resulting confusion, he shows, is compounded by the continual addition of all types of new words into the common lexicon, such as social media lingo, euphemisms, and portmanteaus. Ultimately, clarity, not rigid rule-adherence, is key to Brandreth's philosophy of writing. Bolstered with an epilogue giving straightforward definitions for different parts of speech, his passionate, enlightening, and easily navigable manual is certainly the right book at the right time.