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How to get the books
Communicating with Older People
In the past, we’d refer to ‘the older generation’ but it’s common for there now to be two – or even three – generations aged 60-plus. And there’s likely to be a big difference in the life experiences of people in their 60s, 80s and 100s – sometimes referred to as the ‘young old’, ‘middle-aged old’ and ‘old old’. So how can we communicate effectively with them all?
In Communicating with Older People, Sarah Carr examines what authors should think about when writing for readers aged 60-plus. Emphasising plain-language techniques, her book includes guidelines on inclusive writing and covers such areas as purpose, content and structure; style and grammar; layout and design; and checking the text’s level of difficulty.
The book is available as a PDF on free download (60 pages).
‘You have given us excellent information about older people and excellent guidelines for communicating with them.’ – Janice (Ginny) Redish, plain-language expert and author of Letting Go of the Words: Writing Web Content that Works
‘Sarah Carr has written a concise yet comprehensive guide to communicating with older people that succeeds in offering practical advice without ever coming across as patronising. Not only is Carr’s book about plain language, it is a model of plain language … I would definitely recommend this guide to any organizations I work for if they are looking to communicate with older people.’ – Catherine Buckie, Clarity Journal
Good Word Guide
The book has a foreword by Martin Cutts of Plain Language Commission, who argues that hundreds of thousands of children go through school without getting interested in literature and that ‘illiteracy is one of the taproots of crime’. However, he says English buffs are partly responsible for turning young people off literature:
‘An interest in words too often declines into obsessive pedantry in which old rules and conventions are observed and prescribed long after any reason for them has gone. One of the strengths of English is its willingness to embrace change – new words emerge, new usages thrive, new norms are established.’
‘In every sense, a good word guide.’ Times Educational Supplement
You can buy the ‘Good Word Guide’ from www.bloomsbury.com or bookshops.
The Simple Secrets of Writing & Speaking (Almost) Like a Professional
Written by Philip Yaffe, a former journalist and marketing consultant, this edition of his book is adapted from In the ‘I’ of the Storm: the Simple Secrets of Writing & Speaking (Almost) like a Professional (Story Scientia, 2006), which was intended for business executives and other professionals.
This edition is for college students.
The author would welcome feedback from students who use it; please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oxford Guide to Plain English
The Oxford Guide to Plain English by Martin Cutts (Oxford University Press, fifth edition, 2020) – provides 30 guidelines on how to write in a clear and well-structured way. Fully revised and reorganized for ease of use. Paperback, 368 pages.
‘A provocative tome…anathema to a generation of pedants.’ Daily Telegraph.
Price: £8.99 or $11.95 from www.oup.com. Quote ADFLYK2 to save 30%.
Lucid Law (2nd edition, 2000) by Martin Cutts – describes our innovative and influential project to rewrite and redesign an Act of Parliament, showing how it could be clarified.
Forewords by the late Lord Bingham of Cornhill and Professor Michael Zander.
‘A wonderful book.’ – Nacab Booklist
‘This report shows that, with the time, energy and inclination, statute law can be dramatically clarified.’ – Clarity Journal
‘The most important contribution to statutory drafting this [the 20th] century.’ – Professor Michael Zander
Download the book free of charge (3.5MB). There are five parts, so click on each part to download it:
- Part 1: Coverr
- Part 2: Pages A-T
- Part 3: Pages 1-64
- Part 4: Clearer Timeshare Act
- Part 5: Back cover
Or buy for £12 (bound paperback, sent to UK addresses only) through our postal address on the home page. Please make your sterling cheque or bank draft payable to ‘Plain Language Commission’.
Download more details and read the foreword by Martin Cutts, the book’s editor.