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Former editor completes trilogy of style guides

A former weekly newspaper editor has completed his trilogy of guides to help budding journalists and other writers.

Frank Rawlins, a former editor at the Oxford Journal and Oxford Courier, has written W for Wordsmith to complete his series of primers to help people improve their writing.

The third guide follows the publication last year of L for Literature and B for Broca’s Area and the three guides have been released together in an omnibus edition called Simple Matter of Style.

They are published by Huck Books, a company set up by Frank in 2007 to launch his first novel, When it Comes to the Crunch, and since then he has written a number of novels and “holidaylogues”.

Frank said: “It starts with a basic style sheet I put together for new reporters a decade ago. The two later books are aimed at those ready to progress from the basics.”

The primers contain hints and tips delivered in a humorous way and are aimed at budding reporters, copywriters and novelists.

Frank was chief sub-editor of the former Thomson Newspapers’ Evening Post based at Hemel Hempstead before moving into weekly journalism in the 1980s and later becoming a freelance writer and editor.

A Simple Matter of Style is available from Amazon and for further information on Frank’s books, click here.