As will shortly become evident, this book is in part a companion volume to the (2002) revised edition of my Write In Style. I would like to rethank all the individuals and institutions cited in that publication's acknowledgements anyway, because their influence, contribution and friendship attend this volume too. Since, however, this is now a discrete work, I want to pay affectionate and grateful tribute to those who had a direct impact on the chapters that follow.
I am very grateful to my good friends and/or colleagues Roger Allen, Colin Brezicki, John Fleming, Andrew Grimshaw, Robert Kapadia, Brendan Law, Wendy Pollard, Jane Richardson and Mike and Louise Tucker for helpfully critical and enabling suggestions, interest and support, and to Jonathan Smith, whose inspirational The Learning Game taught me a great deal very fast. And I am especially indebted to Louise Berridge, a brilliant ex-student of mine who crucially apprised me of the Anglo-Saxon genitive's relevance to the use of the apostrophe.
I want also to thank Jackie Max and Tim Raynor of NatWest Bank's IT Learning and Development operation. They engaged me to teach grammar and all its related issues to successive cadres of able professionals who felt they had missed out on grammar schooling in their earlier years. No less warm is my gratitude to Eddie and Janet Cook, under whose editorishop of Teeline magazine I wrote a monthly column on English Usage from 1986-94.
I owe another and considerable debt to my daughter Jo, whose observations about the Literacy Hour have proved invaluable in my own efforts in that area. She is a primary-school teacher whose every hour features things I could never imagine coping with, let alone triumphing in, as she does, and that has proved as instructive as humbling.
Authors thank their editors as a matter of course and courtesy, so I want to say that this tribute to Anna Clarkson and Louise Mellor is on