You’ve finished that piece of work - got the ideas straight, discussed the secondary material, presented a clear argument. But there’s one more thing: proofreading. Your work needs to look perfect and read perfectly to get the attention it deserves, and this isn’t easy, especially if English is not your first language.

The Gradgrind is here to help you with that.

We are native English speakers and have or are working towards PhDs, as well as being experienced proofreaders. We offer a range of services, all focused on polishing up your spelling, grammar and punctuation as well as bringing references, formatting and style to the highest standard.

Start the new academic year with us: we are offering a 10% discount for the first piece of work you send to us before 31 January 2015. We also offer a 10% discount on your next piece of work if you recommend a friend and both of you submit a piece of work (your friend will already qualify for a 10% discount before January 31 as it is their first piece of work!)

The following proofreading services are priced at £10 per thousand words, payment by bank transfer:

- Undergraduate and MA dissertations

- PhD theses; whole thesis or individual chapters

- Book proposals

- Funding proposals

- Articles for submission to journals

- Book chapters for submission to edited collections

- Cover letters and research/teaching statements for job applications


We also offer a Conference Paper Consultancy: at a cost of £35 for a 20-minute paper or £55 for a 40-minute paper, we will not only proofread your work but also provide detailed advice on the paper’s style and tone, timing, visual aids (such as PowerPoint or Prezi), handouts and presentation skills. You will be able to stand up and deliver your paper confident that your research is presented in a clear, engaging and professional manner.

Any orders that need to be completed in under 3 days are priced at £15.00 per thousand words, if we are able to take them on.

Please email us with all enquiries at info[at]thegradgrind[dot]com
We will get back to you quickly with answers to your questions or arrangements for your proofreading order. We look forward to hearing from you!


Linda’s CV:

BA in English from the University of Cambridge.
MA in English Literary Studies from the University of York.
PhD in Contemporary Literature from the University of East Anglia.

Freelance Proofreader and Private Tutor in English since 2009.

Undergraduate Tutor in English Literature, University of East Anglia, 2010-2012.


“The Beautiful Author.” Feminist and Women’s Studies Association (March 2018).
“Gilding the Lily.” The Beheld and The New Inquiry (March 2018).
Nanny Knows Best: The History of the British Nanny - Book Review.” Feminist and Women’s Studies Association (February 2018).
“Apple of My Eye: Fruit, Beauty and Sin.” Anthology of the Apple (Nine Arches Press, October 2013).
“Glass Beauty: Coffins and Corpses in A. S. Byatt’s Possession.” Marvels & Tales 26.2 (2012).
“The Elusive Male Feminist.” Siren Magazine (December 2008).


Angostura Bitters collection shortlisted for The Melita Hume Poetry Prize 2013.
“Forbidden.” Anthology of the Apple (Nine Arches Press, October 2013).
“Easy.” The Cadaverine (October 2012).
“Pleasure.” The Cadaverine (October 2012).
“Sun Wax.” InPrint (August 2008).

Shannon’s CV:

BA in Film Studies from Southampton Solent University.
MA in Film Studies from University of Southampton.
PhD (Candidate) in Cultural Studies from University of Roehampton.

Private tutor in English, Film and Media (GCSE, A Level and Undergraduate level).

One thought on “Proofreading

  1. Jutta Hart says:

    Hi, Linda! I like your proofreading page very much and am quite impressed by your CV. Keep up the good work!

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