There, I’ve done it again: I found another usage guide at our local (Dutch!) charity shop Het Warenhuis.
How did the book end up in the Netherlands? There is no ownership inscription unfortunately, so we won’t know who the former owner was. But more seriously, who is the author, Harry Blamires?
Googling for him brought me to Wikipedia, where it can be read that he was born in 1916, and that he is a (now retired) theologian, literary critic and novelist. And also that he was formerly head of the English department at King Alfreds College (Winchester University today) in Winchester, in English. But the entry doesn’t mention the title of my new book.
The HUGE database includes another book by Harry Blamires, The Queen’s English, published in 1994 by Bloomsbury. My book came out even later, in 1998, published by BCA (Book Club Associates: thanks to Tim Waller for pointing this out!). Were both books written by the same Harry Blamires whose first publication, according to Wikipedia, was a novel called Devil’s Hunting Ground (1954), who wrote guides through James Joyce’s Ulysses and T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets, as well publishing a book called Recovering the Christian Mind: Meeting the Challenge of Secularism (1988)?
Please help us identify the author of The Cassell Guide to Common Errors in English and of The Queen’s English. Ideally of course, we would like to get in touch with the author himself.
Thanks to Harry Blamires’ son, Cyprian Blamires, for telling us that his father is now 98!