• Gowers's main precepts are as sensible today as they were when he first presented them ... beneficial, intelligent and sympathetic

    David Crystal
  • Rebecca Gowers has been charged with the task of producing a version which is true to the spirit of the original but adapted to the needs of the 21st century. She discharges this task with wit and delicacy

    Stefan Collini, Prospect
  • Over half a century after Plain Words was first published, its principles are as important as ever: say what you mean in the clearest possible fashion. Rebecca Gowers has done a great job ... superb

    Caroline Taggart
  • Vastly informative and indispensable

    Bill Bryson
  • One thing that makes Gowers such an engaging figure is that he isn't prissy, priggish or prim. As far as he is concerned, language is a living thing that is constantly changing - and this is just as it should be

    Sunday Telegraph
  • Itself a model of how plain words should be used

  • The zeal with which Sir Ernest uncovers error is matched only by the wit with which he chastises it

    Evening Standard
  • The great Sir Ernest Gowers ... the grand old boy himself

    Lynne Truss
  • I am glad that attention should be continually drawn to copies of this book ... I am in full sympathy with the doctrine laid down by Sir Ernest Gowers

    Sir Winston Churchill
  • A small literary jewel

    Evening News

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