David Marsh is the production editor of the Guardian, which he joined in 1996 after previously working in local newspapers and a range of national newspapers in the UK from the Sun to the Financial Times. He edits the Guardian style guide and the Guardian’s Mind your language blog.
He is the author of For Who the Bell Tolls: the Essential and Entertaining Guide to Grammar (Guardian Faber, 2013), in which he writes of his “lifelong mission to create order out of chaos”, adding: “The chaos takes many forms. It might be sloppy syntax, a disregard for grammar or a fundamental misunderstanding of what grammar is. It could be an adherence to ‘rules’ that have no real basis and get in the way of fluent, unambiguous communication at the expense of ones that are actually useful.” NM Gwynne, the author of Gwynne’s Grammar, called For Who the Bell Tolls “a brilliant book … its very brilliance is what makes it so dangerous”.
When not busy putting the apostrophe in the right place David likes to relax by watching birds, butterflies and football, and listening to and playing music. He lives with his wife Anna, three-year-old son Freddie and dog Lupin in Berkshire.