Martin Manser

Martin H. Manser was educated at Manchester Grammar School and Eltham College, London.

He received a BA Honours degree in linguistics after studying at the Universities of York (England) and Regensburg (Germany) and went on to gain an M Phil degree. Since 1980 he has compiled or edited over 200 reference books in the areas of English language and Bible reference. His titles include the Bloomsbury Good Word Guide, the Chambers Thesaurus, the Oxford Learner’s Pocket Dictionary, the Penguin Wordmaster Dictionary and the Collins Dictionary of the Bible. He was revising editor of the 8-million word Matthew Henry Commentary (Zondervan). He has also written or edited books on writing and business, eg the Penguin Writer’s Manual, the Guide to Good Writing and the Guide to Style (both published by Facts on File), Time Management, Presenting, Mindpower (published by HarperCollins). His major management experience has been in managing people and projects, including leading a team of nearly 100 people to manage one of the few 20th-century study Bibles (The Thematic Reference Bible, Hodder and Stoughton, 1996) to be originated in the UK. He has also led teams to manage the award-winning Collins Bible Companion (Harper Collins, 2009) and the best-selling Macmillan Student’s Dictionary (Macmillan, 2nd edition, 1996). Since 2001, he has been a Language Trainer and Consultant with national and international companies and organizations, leading courses on communications and business skills, eg on project management, report writing and running effective meetings. He and his wife live in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England and have a son and a daughter, a son-in-law and two grandchildren. For more information on Martin visit


Q: What is the most underrated skill in business?
A: Good working relationships

Q: What are your top tips for success?
A: Be yourself, network regularly and work hard!

Books by Martin Manser in this series

Effective Business Writing Successful Project Management in a Week: Teach Yourself