There are many, many books out there on plain language and writing. Here are my favorites (ones I’ve actually read 😉 ).
For each, you’ll find a link to Goodreads (so you can read other reviews), an Amazon affiliate link, and links to any blog posts where I’ve mentioned the book.
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☘ Plain language
Oxford Guide to Plain English
Oxford University Press: 2020 (first published 2004)
If you are looking for one book on plain English, this is it. Clearly organized and fun to read, it’s one I keep at hand. Highly recommended!
Ernest A. Gowers and Rebecca Gowers.
Penguin Books: 2014 (first published 1948)
The original Sir Ernest Gowers’s book The Complete Plain Words was written over 60 years ago, yet is (sadly?) relevant today as ever. The examples he uses will keep you chuckling. Rebecca Gowers has added updates to some of the terms Sir Ernest singled out. (The 1954 book is in the public domain in Canada.)
Looking for more plain language resources? Try my list of (mostly) free online resources on plain language.
☘ Other writing guides
The Art and Craft of Feature Writing: Based on the Wall Street Journal Guide
William E. Blundell
Plume Books: 1988
For more, explore my other resources for writers.
☘ Design, presentation
Better Presentations: A Guide for Scholars, Researchers, and Wonks.
Columbia University Press: 2016
Top-notch advice on making powerful presentation slides.
Let me know if you have any favorites or others to recommend!