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Curious English Words and Phrases (2nd edition)

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Due for release October 2018. Pre-order your copy now.

The truth behind the expressions we use.

‘Cloud nine’, ‘at the drop of a hat’, ‘spitting image’, ‘mollycoddle’, ‘rigmarole’, ‘round robin’, ‘spill the beans’, ‘kick the bucket’, ‘balderdash’ and ‘touch wood’. There are so many curious words and phrases that we often use and yet haven’t you ever wondered why we say them, where they come from and what they mean?

Written by language expert Max Cryer, Curious Words and Phrases has all the answers behind some of the most interesting and perplexing words and expressions in the English language. Bulging with information, it’s a useful reference book and the ideal gift for anyone curious about the words and phrases we use.

SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 210 x 135 mm / 8.25 x 5.25 Inches | 432 Pages |

Word to the Wise

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Due for release September 2018. Pre-order your copy now.

Untangling the Mix-ups, Misuse and Myths of Language

Even the best wordsmiths can trip over words that are commonly misused, mixed up or misspelled. This useful reference gets to the bottom of these language issues so that you can ensure you’ve got the word you’re looking for. With examples of how to sharpen up text and improve your writing, lists of useful social media abbreviations and a discussion of unusual plurals, this playful look at the often bizarre English language has got you covered, whether you’re writing a book, blog or an email.

SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 229 x 152 mm / 9 x 6 Inches  | 192 Pages |

Preposterous Proverbs

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Why fine words butter no parsnips

From our earliest years we have heard proverbs, and many of them are repeated without much thought. In ‘Preposterous Proverbs’, Max Cryer looks at a vast array of proverbs from around the world. Proverbs on birth, food, women and love rub shoulders with others on money, animals, sin and death. He has chosen some of the most interesting and perplexing, and with his characteristic wry wit he analyses their meaning and truth. A great book to dip into.

SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 198 x 126 mm | 272 Pages |

Everyone Can Write

Everyone Can Write is an easy-to-understand, practical, ‘how to write’ book that is accessible to everyone from a business executive wanting to polish his reports to a retiree wanting to chronicle her family history. It solves the problems that beginning writers struggle with by giving them an easy-to-follow and simple set of rules that allows them to write rapidly and clearly.

The book outlines the three forms of non-fiction writing: report, narrative and essay. Each one is dissected and a set of rules applied to each structure. The rules are easily put into practice and vary for each structure. For example, in report writing, two easy-to-apply rules are: 25 words to a sentence and 3 or 4 sentences in a paragraph.

The author has also developed a foolproof method of structuring your writing, so that you make effective use of your time. It’s based on the easy-to-remember three-step formula: Pre-write, Free-write, Re-write. Pre-write refers to researching the necessary information. Free-write refers to getting the information onto the computer screen. Re-write refers to the essential task of editing the writing into clear readable text. This technique allows writers to become the editors of their own writing, thereby dramatically improve its quality.

The essentials of grammar and punctuation, easily confused words and other useful tips for writers are also covered.

SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 162 mm x 125 mm | 176 Pages |

Curious English Words and Phrases

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The truth behind the expressions we use

Have you ever wondered where terms like ‘end of your tether’, ‘gets my goat’ or ‘letting ones hair down’ come from? Or why we call some people ‘geezers’, ‘sugar daddies’ or ‘lounge lizards’? Or where the words ‘eavesdropping’, ‘nickname’ and ‘D-Day’ come from?

They are just a few of the many words and phrases that language expert Max Cryer examines in this fact-filled and fun new book.

Max explains where these curious expressions come from, what they mean and how they are used.

Along the way he tells a host of colourful anecdotes and dispels quite a few myths – Did Churchill originate the phrase ‘black dog’? And if ‘ivory tower’ can be found in the Bible, why has its meaning changed so drastically?

Curious English Words and Phrases is a treasure trove for lovers of language. Informative, amusing and value for money, this book is ‘the real McCoy’. From ‘couch potato’ to ‘Bob’s your uncle’, you’ll find the explanation here!

SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 210 x 135 mm | 388 pages | eBook available

49 Ways to Write Yourself Well

49 Ways to Write Yourself Well is an inspirational guide to improving your confidence and general well-being through writing. Written by a leading creative-writing trainer and life coach, this book is a compendium of tools, techniques and activities which you can draw on to help you take control of your emotions, relationships and personal goals, and find a greater sense of self. The book is structured into 49 different and complementary approaches to using writing in creative and transformational ways for enhancing well-being.

The information and exercises will help you to build and maintain a regular writing practice, as well as set up and maintain a journal. Learn how to use creative writing to identify and manage your emotions, release emotional and mental blocks, practise coaching models on the page to discover solutions to work or personal challenges, and reframe relationships with oneself and others. With recent research showing the positive and health-improving benefits that can come through writing, this guide will help you express yourself and achieve a greater sense of personal well-being.

SPECIFICATIONS: 210 x 148 mm | Paperback | 152 Pages |

49 Ways to Eat Yourself Well

49 Ways to Eat Yourself Well is an inspirational guide to making sure that the food you eat every day actively promotes your health and well-being. Written by a leading nutritional therapist, the book focuses on 49 different foods, looking at their history, character, properties and nutritional benefits. It provides positive and practical information on how to use your food to help you resist and recover from illness, and gain resilience and vitality.

Packed full of motivational and practical ideas, the book offers handy tips on how to incorporate the 49 foods into your diet, as well as easy, tasty recipes so that you can put what you’ve learned into practice the same day! When so much of what we eat is processed and pre-prepared, it is easy to lose track of what we are putting into our bodies; this book will support you to take back control over your own health.

SPECIFICATIONS: 210 x 148 mm | Paperback | 152 Pages |

Who Said That First?: The curious origins of common words and phrases

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Believe it or not, this is probably the first book to attempt to identify the original sources of some of the English language’s most common expressions. We might think we know who first said famous for fifteen minutes, annus horribilis, the cold war and let them eat cake. It’s a no brainer, you might say, but Max Cryer has a surprise or two in store for you. I kid you not. In this very readable book, he explores the origins of hundreds of expressions we use and hear every day – and comes up with some surprising findings. Never economical with the truth, he might just have the last laugh.

We learn what they didn’t say…We are not amused; Elementary my dear Watson; Let them eat cake; First catch your hareWe learn that the Bible doesn’t mention Salome – or seven veils…. We learn about the origins of the infamous Mile High Club.

SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 210 x 135 mm / 8 ¼ x 5 ⅓ Inches | 320 Pages |

The Right Word: Making sense of the words that confuse

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An easy-to-use reference guide to the words that most commonly confuse people in written English. Written by a teacher and journalist with years of experience in effective writing and communication.

‘Affect’ or ‘effect’? ‘Right’, ‘write’ or ‘rite’? ‘Soul’ or ‘sole’? ‘Pawn’ or ‘porn’? English can certainly be a confusing language, whether you’re a native speaker or learning it as a second language. This is the essential reference to help people master its subtleties and avoid making mistakes.  Entries are organised alphabetically, with meanings and examples (including colloquial ones) being given to facilitate correct use. The book then looks at words that often confuse — childish vs. childlike, incredible vs. incredulous, for example — before providing a list of commonly misspelled words. It’s a book that deserves a place on every bookshelf: at home, in the study and at the office.

SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 198 x 126 mm / 7 ⅘ x 5 Inches | 256 Pages |

The Godzone Dictionary: of Favourite New Zealand Words and Phrases

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The Godzone Dictionary is a concise A-Z of the words and phrases that make our New Zealand language and speech patterns so distinctive and individual, from Aotearoa and Avondale spiders to Zambuck and Zespri. Slang words and expressions feature heavily, while one of the unique features of this book is the large number of Maori words that have become a part of our common language in recent years. The listing also includes the popular names of our sports teams (so often confused!) and an appendix of common New Zealand acronyms.

SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 210 x 135 mm / 8 ⅓ x 5 ⅓ Inches | 192 Pages |

The Essential Lingo Dictionary: of Australian Words and Phrases

The Essential Lingo Dictionary is a warts-and-all look at the notoriously hilarious (and occasionally a little bit naughty) canon of Australian slang words and phrases, casting light on the quirky, intriguing and often bizarre Australian Aussie language. A must-have for every bookshelf!
If you have wondered why his girlfriend is a ‘Sheila’ even though her name is Sophia, or why your colleagues in Melbourne’s suburbs are said to live ‘beyond the black stump’, then this book is for you.

SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 210 x 135 mm / 8 ⅓ x 5 ⅓ Inches | 208 Pages |