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The Book

Is your writing flabby or fit? If your sentences are weighed down with passives and prepositions, be-verbs and waste words, The Writer’s Diet is for you – a practical, punchy introduction to good writing.

The Test

Use the online WritersDiet Test to identify paunchy prose, then follow the no-nonsense advice in the book to strengthen and tone your verbal muscles.

The Author

Helen Sword is Professor and Director of the Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education at the University of Auckland. Her other recent publications include Stylish Academic Writing (Harvard University Press) and Zombie Nouns.