A hilarious, furious and profoundly useful short guide to the most maddening punctuation in English Apostrophes are an f'ing pain. The rules about how to use them are complicated, and have evolved haphazardly. Originally written as advice by a copywriter for designers -- wont to insert ...Show more
Category: Writing | Reading Level: very good
Australian slang unites the true blue and the dinky-di and separates the cheeky little possums from the happy little Vegemites. When we use slang, we're connecting with the diggers in the villages of France ordering a vin blanc ('plonk') and the Indigenous Dharug-speakers of Sydney locating one another ...Show more
Category: Literary Essays
Virgil gave us the Aeneid, and Ovid the Metamorphoses; Lucretius analysed the material world and Caesar interrogated how we view reality through the lens of reason - but what does Latin offer us today?Often seen as the bulky relic of school curricula long forgotten, Latin seems to have lost its punch in ...Show more
Category: Writing | Reading Level: good
With dazzling wit and astonishing insight, Bill Bryson--the acclaimed author of The Lost Continent--brilliantly explores the remarkable history, eccentricities, resilience and sheer fun of the English language. From the first descent of the larynx into the throat (why you can talk but your dog can't), t ...Show more
John Birmingham's father died. And his life fell apart. The next six months were spent grinding through the dark forests of depression until he finally emerged out of the darkness onto sunlit upland. A unique yet universal story, On Father reaches out to everyone who has battled the black dog.
Create wonderful dialogue to give your characters a voice! Write conversations and reported speech with Matilda. These fun activities and writing tasks help to develop language and vocabulary skills, giving you the tools you need to write your own story. Learn how to write authentic dialogue, experimen ...Show more
Category: Writing | Reading Level: 2 Crime
A selection of stories featuring Australia's favourite PI, plus unpublished writing by Peter Corris on crime.
It's not what you say, it's the way that you say it ... There have long been debates about 'correct' pronunciation in the English language, and Britain's most distinguished linguistic expert, David Crystal, is here to set the record straight. Sounds Appealing tells us exactly why, and how, we pronounce ...Show more
Category: Writing | Reading Level: 4 Non Fiction
What was it exactly? Wonder, rapture delight, surprised recognition, laughter - but also darker feelings that made my heart beat fast and my stomach turn over, and sometimes a frantic urge to close the book before whatever it was sucked me in and destroyed me. But always, I read on. In Storytime ...Show more