Good English but I think the writer is too stubborn and quite resistant to changes in language usage which is an ever evolving phenomenon in life!
This book could actually be divided into two parts: Part one is teaching you how to spot bad English and why it is bad, which is hilarious however cannot really help you write better. Perhaps just a little bit. Some of the others may think John Humphrys is snobbish to insist writing "proper English" or is a "grammar freak". I am okay with that as I always think, we should speak and write in a clearer way (though after years of "academic writing", I am nothing but inarticulate). This can actually quite enjoyable (I am trying not to be picky when people using Chinglish in msn or casual email as I am as well using that), if you are tolerate to other's insistence.
For part B, Humphrys tries to convey "language is power" and he does the job, again, very enjoyably. Of course there can't be some VERY SERIOUS discussion on how politicians and PR practitioners manipulate language and twist their message as to the extent being invisible. Just like how politicians use "hurray" words such as "freedom", "justice" as an excuse/reason to invade. (Yeah, the notorious Bush administration) Of course, need not to mention, the political propaganda in the Kingdoms.
Perhaps we are not that lost... perhaps we do know those beautiful words are skin-deep. However, in this millennium, everything is about presentation. Everybody is just a receptor. We are just being insensitive....Continua