What’s the secret of writing a good essay? How do you plan it? How do you start it? How do you end it? What do examiners really look for?
Dr Jonathan Patrick is the Head of English at St Paul’s Girls School in London. He is also an examiner.
In this invaluable guide, he tells you, clearly and concisely, how to write the perfect essay.
Essay writing is a vital skill. The better you are at it, the better you will do in your exams…
Chapter 1: About this book
Chapter 2: The Question
My friend the question
Answering the question
Questioning the question
Chapter 3: Planning
Overall essay structure
For and against
Writing the plan
Chapter 4: The Introduction
Chapter 5: The topic sentence and the paragraph
The topic sentence
Chapter 6: The Conclusion
Chapter 7: Writing about a passage or poem
This book has one aim: to help you read, understand and appreciate poetry. Do you really need a guide for that? Can’t you just get on and read some of the wonderful poetry that has been published in English? You certainly can, but there are things you really need to...
What’s the secret of a stylish essay, or story, or email? How do you make your sentences sparkle? In this slim volume, a leading editor who is also a pop critic and sportswriter shows how much fun you can have while sharpening your pen. In a few breezy chapters, Tim...
What is distinctive about American fiction? What sets it apart from the greatest of English or European fiction? Stephen Fender, who has lectured on the US novel for more than 40 years, explores the forces which shaped it, from the mixture of exhilaration and anxiety caused by living in...