In the preface to his book The Shepherd’s Life: A Tale of the Lake District, James Rebanks combines formal and informal features, which helps make the text approachable and easy to read, even though it communicates a complex issue. 

Rebanks uses formal language when he talks about complex topics. For example, longer and complex sentences are used when Rebanks refers to the change of perspective when it comes to looking at the Lake District: “Our landscape suddenly became a major focus for writers and artists, particularly when the Napoleonic Wars stopped the early tourists from going to the Alps and forced them instead to discover the mountainous landscapes of Britain” (ll. 61-64). Another example is the following, where Rebanks uses formal lan...

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