The Penguin English Reference Set - 8 Books - Only £5
The Penguin English Reference Set - 8 Books - Only £5

The Penguin English Reference Set - 8 Books - Only £5

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This is a great offer, the kind of books no home should be without.

There is a free delivery code or better still as these are sale books use the 3 for 2 code (you will have to pay the £3.50 postage) and get even bigger savings as there are some other great sets like [William Shakespeare Classics - 12 Books - £8] or [RHS Wisley Handbooks - 6 Books - £4]

Set titles and authors :
The Quickway Crossword Dictionary by H.W. & Roland G. Hill
The Penguin A-Z Thesaurus by Rosalind Fergusson
The Penguin Guide To Punctuation by R.L Trask
The New Penguin Dictionary Of Abbreviation by Rosalind Fergusson
The Penguin English Dictionary by Robert Allen
The Penguin Guide To Plain English by Harry Blamires
The Penguin Dictionary Of English Idioms by Daphne M. Gulland
The Penguin Dictionary Of English Grammar by R.L. Trask



They don't have the publication year on display (or not as far as I can see anyway) so I would be slightly wary incase these are old(er) editions that have since been superseded.

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I would doubt they could be too old and this type of book takes aaaages to go out of date.

I agree - was just pointing out that they may not be the latest version (I used to work in a bookshop and as soon as a reference book went out of date it was practically worthless).

Some of the books are probably older editions. I bought a set last time it was on offer and it's pretty good.

The "English Grammar" book for example has a publication date of 2000 (matching Penguin site), Idioms is the 2nd edition - revised in 1994 (current edition has a different cover and was revised in 2001) etc. Though TBH there aren't huge changes in language or grammar over these sort of periods of time.

Half the books are probably junk, however there are some gems, for example the "Guide to Punctuation" is very clear / well written and whilst slim is IMHO worth the £5 alone.

However the paper / print quality is cheap and nasty like a budget "Wordsworth books" classic novel - and have a distinct musty newspaper print smell of them - very suprising for Penguin!

HTH - Rufus.

They're also selling deeply discounted copies of
The Times: Complete History of the World £15 (rrp: £65) and
Concise Atlas of the World: New Edition £15 (rrp: £75)

I got both of these at that price from a cheapo book seller that comes
around at work every few months. They were quite recent editions and
quite big (physically, large) books.
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