The Basics of Essay Writing

Author(s) Nigel Warburton
Publisher Routledge,an imprint of Taylor & Francis Books Ltd
Published 2006
Pages 104
Price £8.99
ISBN 041524000x
Reviewed by Mrs Margaret Simms
Nottingham Trent University
Review published 20 July 2006
As students we don’t need telling that good essays pass exams, but we often struggle to write a good one easily. This book describes essay writing as a craft that needs to be practiced. Mastering the craft should help stop those recurring nightmares of where to start, how to conclude and what to put in the middle. I particularly like the section ‘Do you recognise yourself here?’ This is where the less accomplished of us may discover some of the dangers of our own essay writing style. I’ll be tackling my next essay with Nigel Warburton’s ‘The Basics of Essay Writing’ in one hand and a pen in the other. This book has even replaced the English Companion that I have used for years!