Victoria Branden, BA (Hon.), MA, taught English for many years. She has written numerous articles and short stories for newspapers and magazines, including Saturday Night and Chatelaine, as well as radio and TV dramas and series for the CBC. Her published books include Understanding Ghosts and two novels, Flitterin' Judas and Mrs. Job.
In Defence of Plain English
This indispensable guide to the English language belongs beside the dictionary in every Canadian home. Written in an easy-to-understand light-hearted style, the content of the book is nevertheless serious and important. Our language is declining; illiteracy is rampant. Worse, the sloppy, incorrect use of language is perpetrated by educators, the media, politicians, and others who should be setting a good example.
Besides giving simple illustrations of the correct use of grammar and choice of words, the author deals with the commonest offences: language misused, mis-spelled, and misunderstood, and the appalling use of words (usually incorrect) that many people consider sophisticated or "classy."
Using actual quotations from essays of university students, the media, and even "good" books, the author clearly defines bad English and explains in a straightforward manner how to change it to good English. What makes this book unique is its complete lack of pretentiousness and its powerful plea for the return of plain English.