The video above is a quick whizz through the book to see the layout and how it looks.

Spelling Rules Workbook
a step-by-step guide to the rules of English spelling (paperback version)
(suitable for British and American users)

Using this Spelling Rules Workbook gives you an instant "hit" of spelling knowledge.

  • You'll be able to use this knowledge to work out a spelling.
  • You'll know why certain 'strange' letter patterns occur.
  • You'll know why some words are spelt the way they are.
  • You'll know the few exceptions to the rule.
  • You'll see the difference between British and American spellings

  • People say spelling is chaotic - it's not. Yes, it's complicated but there are regularities with it and it can be learnt. And one way is through learning spelling rules. Watch the video below on why learning spelling rules is useful.

    You might forget the rule but remember the spelling pattern. It might take you a few goes at remembering the rules of spelling but it's worth it.

    With over 200 pages this book covers the main rules of spelling, with lists of key words, and self-checking exercises.

    It's in plain clear English and not bogged down in "academic" words.

    It's designed for adults who need to improve spelling, and for teachers who need a reference and resource guide.

    What's in it?

    Table of Contents
    About the Author
    Spelling Strategies
    Vocabulary of Spelling
    Root Words, Prefixes and Suffixes
    What are verbs, adjectives, nouns, adverbs?
    Spelling Rules
    Silent ‘e’ Magic ‘e’
    Drop the ‘e’
    The 1:1:1 Doubling Up Rule
    Adding –es to Words
    Words Ending in ‘O’
    -y to –ies or –s
    -f /-fe to -ves or -s
    Words Ending in –ful
    Adding -ly to Words
    Drop the ‘L’
    Double the ‘L’
    Changing the ‘y’ to ‘i’
    Words Ending in –le
    -al, -el, (-le)
    Words Ending in -k, -ke, -ck, -ic
    -ible and –able
    -cial or –tial
    -ant/-ance & -ent/-ence
    –ent /-ence
    -tion, -sion, -cian
    The Letter 'c'
    “ie” or “ei”
    Silent Letter Rules
    British English vs. American English
    -ise or –ize
    Consolidation / Revision Section

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    The great thing about books is you're able to read them anywhere, especially before bed, or during ad breaks, lunch breaks, or waiting in the car, sneak a few pages at work - and feel proud that you're actually doing something about your spelling.

    Or You can buy the PDF ebook version for £5.99.
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    This is for the online ebook version!!!

    Reviews from

    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    By HODAN on 21 Jan. 2016
    Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
    This the best spelling book I have ever seen. Thanks Joanne

    5.0 out of 5 stars Must have
    By Annette Watson on 4 Aug. 2015
    Format: Spiral-bound
    This is a must have it will really help you with your spelling , young or old .
    Would highly recommend it'

    5.0 out of 5 stars Good little book
    By Suz on 14 Dec. 2015
    Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
    Good little book which I use along with another book to sort out my spellings to give my group in class. I don't use it as it is meant to be used but it is very useful.

    5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect guide to spelling rules
    By spellingblogger on 22 Feb. 2015
    Format: Spiral-bound
    Understanding spelling rules is one of many great strategies to help you improve your spelling. Knowing spelling rules adds another layer to your spelling knowledge and helps you realise why there are 'strange' letter patterns and why spelling is the way it is. And this 200-page book helps with just that. It covers the main rules of spelling focussing on key words and key spelling patterns with plenty of self-checking exercises. It's written in concise clear English, and is suitable for both British and American English.
    It's a small chunky book ( A5 sized spiral-bound) gives you an instant "hit" of spelling knowledge.
    It's designed for adults who need to improve spelling, and for teachers who need a reference and resource guide.

    (from Jo's Bookshop - amazon marketplace) A very useful book. I am not using it as they expect it to be used, I am using it to help find spellings with their rules to teach to a small group of children. It is great to have the exercises available which I can use if I need to. It also covers both British and American spellings.

    (from Jo's Bookshop - amazon marketplace) An excellent book!! Having spent years trying to think of simple rules to help both children and adults learn to spell they are, at last, all in one book. Thank you

    (from Jo's Bookshop - amazon marketplace) Information treasure

    Thanks Joanne, been looking for a clear spelling rules book without the jargon for ages. Well recommended, Kevin.

    I love this book. I learnt one or two spelling rules at school but not enough. Schools should be teaching these (and your spelling strategies and letter patterns!). Keep up the great work, Anne.

    I recently purchased your Spelling Rules Workbook and also received your How to Spell the 20 most commonly misspelled words. I would like to say that I have found them most useful - clear and succinct. In fact my colleagues and I would like your permission to use some of the explanations and exercises in the Year 7 spelling programme we are currently developing. (With acknowledgement naturally.) We do intend to purchase copies of your book for each of the Year 7 teachers to use as a reference. Jude

    Love this book. Clear, no jargon, I enjoy testing myself with the exercises. I find I keep coming back to it. Mark, USA

    I think a lot of teachers should take note of your very clear useful book.
    Kind regards, Elizabeth C

    Just wanted to let you know how much your spelling book has helped me. I read it daily as I would forget some of your memory tricks. I don't find any of it easy, and once again I'm working on a way to remember the ly or y ending as I seem to find this hard even after reading it over and over. Your book and emails will always be a daily read for me as it has built my confidence up such a lot, but I still have a long way before I feel confident to write in front of anyone. I hope for the day this will happen and I'm able to help my children instead of them helping me.
    Thanks for a great book. It's part of me now. Cindy