B – Writing book reviews

Hartley J. The anatomy of a book review. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication 2010;40(4):473-487

This article provides a full account of the procedures used to write one specific book review. Essentially, the process involves three main stages: reading, scanning and making notes about the text; writing an initial rough draft of the review; editing and polishing it several times to produce a final version. Examples are given to illustrate this three-stage procedure and some comments on the language used in reviews are also included.