The Language of Brexit

To be published in February 2018

Bloomsbury – 2018


The Language of Brexit

Investigating the 2016 EU Referendum in the UK, The Language of Brexit explores the ways in which ‘Brexit’ campaigners utilised language more persuasively than their ‘Remain’ counterparts. Drawing parallels with effective political discourse used worldwide, this book highlights the linguistic features of an increasingly popular style of political campaigning.Concentrating on the highly successful and emotive linguistic strategies employed by the Brexit campaigners against the comparatively lacklustre Remain camp, Buckledee makes a case for the contribution of language towards the narrow 52-48% Brexit victory. Using primary examples, what emerges is how urging people to have the courage to make a bid for freedom naturally invokes more grandiloquent language, powerful metaphors and rousing partisan tone than a campaign which, on balance, argues that it’s best to simply stick with the status quo.Examining the huge amount of discourse generated before, during and since the June 2016 EU Referendum, The Language of Brexit looks into the role language played in the democratic process and the influence and impact it had on electors, leading to an unexpected result and uncertain future.


Cleghorn: the man who wished his son were a haemorrhoid

Kindle e-book – 2016


My novel Cleghorn: the man who wished his son were a haemorrhoid has been published as a Kindle e-book: This is a revised version of Cleghorn, originally published in 1995:

Il mio romanzo Cleghorn: the man who wished his son were a haemorrhoid è uscito come Kindle e-book: È la versione rivisitata di Cleghorn, pubblicata in forma cartacea nel 1995:


Take a nice middle-class couple who don’t understand why their lovely little kids have turned into the most obnoxious adolescents on the planet, add a thug of a demolition contractor and his busty nymphomaniac daughter, plus the most boring man in the world and his fat messed-up wife. It doesn’t end there. Mix in a sink comprehensive school with some decidedly weird teachers, an elderly lady who thinks Disraeli is still prime minister, an attractive Italian woman whose dodgy English causes more damage than a bazooka, an unfortunate schoolgirl out to take revenge on her tormentors, an embittered police sergeant and – just to round things off – the very worst elements of Britain’s tabloid press. We must not forget the goat. Or the small dog that tries to mate with anything it sees, animate or otherwise. Put that lot together and what do you get? Complete and utter mayhem, that’s what you get.

Rest assured that reading this book will not improve your mind in the slightest. Neither will it provide you with a morally uplifting message to restore your faith in human nature. There is a very good chance, however, that it will make you laugh.

Here the first review in my Amazon page:

Stunning novel – buy it!

This book is quite simply superb! The characterisation is excellent, the storyline a joy! The novel is extremely funny throughout – fans of Tom Sharp (Wilt, Blott on the Landscape) and David Nobbs (2nd firm las in the sack race, bit of a do) will love this.
This could happen in a street & at a school near you! Without giving anything away, the hilarious (& often tastefully bawdy) events/incidents build up to a final conflict that will make you smile, then chuckle, then laugh out loud!
Steve, please write more books of this ilk!
People who read this review, it will be the best 99p you’ve ever spent!

The Role of Motivation in Second Language Acquisition

Abramis – 2011


Some very intelligent people never manage to learn a second language. Others of average intelligence can speak two or three foreign languages. It is likely that motivation – or the lack of it – plays a key role in success or failure in second language acquisition (SLA). This book provides a summary of the main theories regarding SLA and motivation that have emerged over the last fifty years, then those theories are applied to a longitudinal research project involving students of English at the University of Cagliari in Italy.



Necessary noises – An Introduction to English Phonology

Abramis 2007 – (Paperback)

As the title makes explicit, this work is an introduction to phonology for those who have little or no previous knowledge of the subject, including people whose first language is not English. We begin with a look at how the sounds of the English language are produced, then investigate the role of those sounds in the way English functions as a communicative system. In addition, ongoing changes in English pronunciation are considered, as well as the historical reasons for the fact that English spelling and pronunciation as so badly out of sync.



Permission to leave and other stories

Richmond Publishing – 1999 (Paperback)


Three stories in simplified English for language students (elementary/pre-intermediate level).

Permission to Leave – It is 2147. Indira and Craig live in a very protected, very organised society under the Earth’s surface. Why do they want to escape? Why is it dangerous to do so?

Can Helen Escape? – Helen must escape from her father. Can she get out of the house before he wakes up? And does she really know where she is going?

Raimundo Sánchez Superstar – Raimundo has the solution to a boring lesson on world geography. He escapes to a world of his own imagination, one in which he is a super hero.




New Millennium – 1995 (Paperback)


The Cleghorns are a normal middle-class family, contending with the usual trials of everyday life: disruptive adolescent children, envious friends and potential infidelity. The Blasdales have tried to abandon their working-class roots, but find that money brings its own problems. And when their paths cross, the resulting mayhem makes for an amusing and witty tale of the ups and downs of suburban life and a wry observation of the people who live it.



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