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Relevant Books Written by Members, Former and Honorary Members and Patrons of the Queen’s English Society

This incomplete list shows how active and influential our members have been. It includes the definitive treatises on grammar by Lord Quirk, the scholarly and popular books by Professor Crystal, works by the leading authorities on the teaching of reading and writing (Morris, McNee and Tyk), Dr Sue Horner’s National Curriculum English Language specifications at different levels, Professor John Honey’s sterling defence of Standard English, and the results of three national surveys by the Queen’s English Society relating to the standards and teaching of English.

The books in this list include virtually all aspects of English: grammar, spelling, vocabulary, punctuation, national variations, speech, conversation, accents, linguistics, phonetics, lexicography, literature, illiteracy, Shakespeare, the Bible and Milton. There are textbooks for schools, about ten popular self-help books on English for the layman, and several books on humorous aspects of English.

This list does not mention various editions or forms of the books, such as e-books. Where there is a series of similar books by one author, only one or two examples are listed.

  1. Alexander, J., ed., Shakin’ the Ketchup Bot’le: An English Language Sauce Book. Buckingham: University of Buckingham Press, 2008.
  2. Ball, W. E., Understanding English. London: Serendipity, 2005.
  3. Beasley, J. D., Another 500 Quotes & Anecdotes. Yorkshire: South Riding Press, 1996.
  4. Brandreth, G., Word Play: A Cornucopia of Puns, Anagrams and other Curiosities of the English Language. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2015.
  5. Brandreth, G., Have You Eaten Grandma?: Or, the Life-saving Importance of Correct Punctuation, Grammar, and Good English. Joseph, 2018.
  6. Brandreth, G., Dancing by the Light of the Moon. London: Penguin Michael Joseph, 2020.
  7. Brown, A, several collections of verse poems, including humorous ones such as Abominable Beasts, Guiding Principles, Conspicuous Display, Good Lord! and Sahara.
  8. Brown, A., The Ram in the Thicket. London: Hearing Eye, 2007.
  9. Bruton-Simmonds, I., Mend Your English – or What You Should Have Been Taught in Primary School. Revised International Edition. London: Ivy Publications, 2010.
  10. Burkhard, T., Inside the Secret Garden: The Progressive Decay of Liberal Education. Buckingham: University of Buckingham Press, 2007. (This has much on the teaching of reading by phonics.)
  11. Chew, J., Spelling Standards and Examination Results among Sixth Formers, 1984-1990. York: Campaign for Real Education, 1990.
  12. Clifton, J. W., Some Common Errors in Spoken English. Arundel: Queen’s English Society, 1975.
  13. Coleman, A., Streamlined Spelling. Privately produced. London: Alice Coleman, 2012. (A new system of matching letters to sounds)
  14. Crystal, D., The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.
  15. Crystal, D., Language Play. London: Penguin, 1998.
  16. Crystal, D., A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics, 6th ed. Oxford: Blackwell, 2008.
  17. Crystal, D., Spell It Out: the Singular Story of English Spelling. London: Profile, 2012.
  18. Crystal, D., Making a Point: the Pernickety Story of English Punctuation. London: Profile, 2016.
  19. Crystal, D., The Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.
  20. Crystal, D. and Crystal, B., The Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.
  21. Crystal, D., We Are Not Amused: Victorian Views on Pronunciation. Oxford: Bodleian Library, 2017.
  22. Crystal, D., Making Sense: the Glamorous Story of English Grammar. London: Profile Books, 2017.
  23. Crystal, D., Sounds Appealing: the Passionate Story of English Pronunciation. London: Profile Books, 2018.
  24. Crystal, D., Let’s Talk: How English Conversation Works. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020.
  25. Dean, R., Mainly in Fun. Lewes: Book Guild, 2002.
  26. Elkin, S., English Workbook, Ages 9-11: Grammar and Punctuation. London: Galore Park, 2014. (Susan Elkin has many similar books for children, including answer books.)
  27. Greenbaum, S. and Quirk, R., A Student's Grammar of the English Language. Boston: Addison Wesley, 1990.
  28. Hanson, G., England My England: A Treasury of All Things English. London: Portico, 2012. (This has a description of the Queen’s English Society.)
  29. Heffer, S., Simply English: An A-Z of Avoidable Errors. London: Random House, 2014.
  30. Heffer, S., Strictly English: The Correct Way to Write ... and Why It Matters. London: Random House, 2010.
  31. Honey, J., Does Accent Matter?: The Pygmalion Factor. London: Faber, 1989.
  32. Honey, J., Language is Power: The Story of Standard English and Its Enemies. London: Faber, 1997.
  33. Horner, S., Teaching Speaking and Listening in Key Stages 1 and 2. London: Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, 2001. (This is one of many publications by that authority produced under her auspices, with 11 under the heading ‘Aspects of English’, and three each under ‘English overall’, ‘Across the curriculum’, ‘Grammar’ and ‘Research’.)
  34. Ingrams, R., England: An Anthology. Fontana Press, 1991.
  35. Lamb, B. C., A National Survey of UK Undergraduates’ Standards of English. London: Queen’s English Society, 1992.
  36. Lamb, B. C., A National Survey of Communication Skills of Young Entrants to Industry and Commerce. London: Queen’s English Society, 1994.
  37. Lamb, B. C., The Opinions and Practices of Teachers of English: A National Survey of Teachers of English to 11-18-year-olds, by the Queen’s English Society. London: Queen’s English Society, 1997.
  38. Lamb, B. C., The Queen’s English Society’s Practical Guide to Punctuation. London: The Queen’s English Society, 2008.
  39. Lamb, B. C., The Queen’s English and How to Use It. London: O’Mara, 2010.
  40. Lamb, B. C., The Queen’s English: Come Migliorare Il Vostro Inglese. Translated by Viviana Cerqua. Rome: Castelvecchi, 2012.
  41. Lamb, B. C. Human Diversity: Its Nature, Extent, Causes and Effects on People. Singapore: World Scientific, 2015. (with a chapter on language and a mention of the Queen’s English Society)
  42. Lamb, B. C., Parlez Anglais Comme la Reine. Translated by Patrice Salsa. Hachette Livre (Marabout), 2016.
  43. Lamb, B. C., Harrison, I. and Harrison, R., English for Technology. Steps to Subject-specific Language Teaching. London: City Technology Colleges Trust, 1995.
  44. McArthur, T., Longman’s Lexicon of Contemporary English. Longmans, 1981.
  45. McArthur, T., The Oxford Companion to the English Language. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992.
  46. McArthur, T., Living Words: Language, Lexicography and the Knowledge Revolution. Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 1992.
  47. McArthur, T., The English Languages. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.
  48. McNee, M., Mona McNee, 14.05.1923… 2012. Whiston, Merseyside: Mona McNee, 2012. (An autobiographical account of her struggle to get phonics adopted for the teaching of reading)
  49. McNee, M., Why Billy Can’t Read: Where It All Went Wrong, Top-down: All You Need is Common Sense. Whiston: Mona McNee, 2013.
  50. McNee, M., Step by Step: A Day-by-day Programme of Systematic Synthetic Phonics for All Ages. Whiston: Mona McNee, 2014.
  51. McNee, M. and Coleman, A., Great Reading Disaster: Reclaiming Our Educational Birthright. Exeter: Imprint Academic, 2007.
  52. Morris, J. M., Reading in the Primary School. London: Newnes for NFER, 1959.
  53. Morris, J. M., Standards and Progress in Reading. Slough: NFER, 1966.
  54. Morris, J. M., ed., The First R. London: Ward Lock Educational, 1972.
  55. Morris, J.M., a whole series of Language in Action London: Macmillan, 1974-83.
  56. Morris, J.M, The Morris-Montessori Word List. London: London Montessori Centre, 1997.
  57. Morris, J. M., ‘Phonicsphobia’. Proceedings of the Literacy 2000 Conference. London: The Hornsby International Dyslexia Centre, 1993.
  58. Morris, J. M., ed., Controversial Issues in English: Proceedings of The Queen’s English Society Silver Jubilee Conference, 18th October, 1997. London: Queen’s English Society, 1998.
  59. Morris, J. M., Language, Literacy, Literature and Life. Norwich: University of East Anglia, 1997.
  60. Norrington, C., Shakespeare, The Bible, Milton and Others. Edinburgh:Pentland Press Ltd., 1994. (A selection of quotations)
  61. Palmer, S., Ten Steps to Improve Your Child's Spelling: Age 6-7 (Let’s Learn at Home: English). Edinburgh Gate, Essex: Pearson Schools, 1998.
  62. Palmer, S., How to Teach Writing Across the Curriculum: Ages 8-14. London: Routledge, 2010. (And many similar educational books)
  63. Pechenik, J. A. & Lamb, B. C., How to Write about Biology. London: HarperCollins, 1994.
  64. Quirk, R. and Wrenn, C. L., An Old English Grammar. London: Taylor & Francis, 1957.
  65. Quirk, R., Greenbaum, S. Leech, G. and Svartvik, J., A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language. Harlow: Longman, 1985.
  66. Quirk, R., Words at Work: Lectures on Textual Structure. Singapore: NUS Press, 1986.
  67. Standard English 2000: Proceedings of the Queen’s English Society’s New Millennium Conference. Pulborough, West Sussex: The Queen’s English Society, 2000.
  68. Thompson, M., The Prayer Book, Shakespeare and the English Language. Reading: The Prayer Book Society, 2004.
  69. Turner, M. and Burkard, T., Reading Fever: Why Phonics Must Come First. London: Centre for Policy Studies, 1996.
  70. Tyk, I., The Butterfly File. Potters Bar, Herts: Butterfly Books, 1993.
  71. Tyk, I., The Butterfly Book: A Reading and Writing Course. London: Civitas, 2007.
  72. Tyk, I, The Butterfly Grammar: A Course for Better English. London: Civitas, 2008.