Category Archives: Helen Sword

#holidayreading – air & light & time & space

I read a lot of books about writing and research. That’s not surprising, as I write them too and I always want to see what others are writing. And today…  Helen Sword has followed up Stylish academic writing with a … Continue reading

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thesis to book: you may need to change your writing ‘voice’

Unlike thesis examiners, academic book publishers are looking for something that is, above all else, a decent read. A first book is by definition written by an author who isn’t widely known, so publishers will be particularly keen to see … Continue reading

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another book saying academics can’t write?

I’ve just read Michael Billig’s latest book Learn to write badly. How to succeed in the Social Sciences. I wanted to hate it. I wanted to stay cross about the fact that it seems to be much easier to write … Continue reading

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