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Eats Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation [Paperback]

Lynne Truss
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (297 customer reviews)

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24 Oct 2005
The international bestseller - at last in paperback and with a new introduction. A witty, entertaining, impassioned guide to perfect punctuation, for everyone who cares about precise writing. When social histories come to be written of the first decade of the 21st century, people will note a turning point in 2003 when declining standards of punctuation were reversed. Linguists will record Lynne Truss as the saviour of the semi-colon and the avenging angel of the apostrophe. 'If Lynne Truss were Roman Catholic I'd nominate her for sainthood' Frank McCourt 'This book will stimulate and satisfy. It's worth its weight in gold.' Boyd Tonkin, Independent 'A witty, elegant and passionate book that should be on every writer's shelf' Observer 'Lynne Truss deserves to be piled high with honours ...' John Humphrys 'It can only be a matter of time before the new government seizes the chance to appoint her as minister for punctuation. The manifesto is already written.' Guardian 'She's a soul sister. She's one of us.' Richard Madeley, Richard and Judy


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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books; New edition edition (24 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861976771
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861976772
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (297 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 334,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'If Lynne Truss were Roman Catholic I'd nominate her for sainthood' Frank McCourt 'This book will stimulate and satisfy. It's worth its weight in gold.' Boyd Tonkin, Independent 'A witty, elegant and passionate book that should be on every writer's shelf' Observer 'Lynne Truss deserves to be piled high with honours ...' John Humphrys 'It can only be a matter of time before the new government seizes the chance to appoint her as minister for punctuation. The manifesto is already written. Guardian 'She's a soul sister. She's one of us.' Richard Madeley, Richard and Judy

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Now out in paperback with a free Punctuation Repair Kit in every copy. Sticklers, please use your stickers responsibly, correctly and legally. This international bestseller, with over three million copies sold worldwide, is fast becoming a modern classic. Eats Shoots & Leaves can be read as a tale from beginning to end and used as a reference guide in moments of confusion. Be prepared to laugh out loud.

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Entertaining 8 Aug 2004
By Westley
Format:Hardcover
"Eats, Shoots & Leaves" is not a grammar guide per se, as it doesn't really teach the basics of punctuation. Instead, it's a grammarians dream come true - an enjoyable and illuminating discussion of the history and importance of punctuation (Hmmmm, did I use that dash correctly?). Lovers of punctuation have been decrying the use of "netspeak" with no or minimal punctuation. Accordingly, Truss wrote this engaging book with the rallying cry: "Sticklers unite!" However, Truss does not simply attack the web; indeed, she asserts that text messaging and email have made reading more important than it has been of late. However, to paraphrase Bill Clinton, "It's the punctuation stupid!"
Truss's dry British wit (e.g., talking about wanting to marry the inventor of the colon) is used to great effect in her writing. And amusing vignettes are peppered through the text, including the introduction of the "interrobang" as well as the spread of the "Strukenwhite" virus. She even manages to make punctuation seem, well, sexy. If you've ever found yourself in a spirited debate about the Oxford comma (i.e., the second comma in the phrase "red, white, and blue"), then you'll likely enjoy this book.
Some reviewers have asserted that American readers may be a bit lost; however, Truss is careful about pointing out American versus British punctuation uses. I was never confused. Overall, this book is delightful - most highly recommended.
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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book for the pedant in your life! 4 July 2007
Format:Paperback
I highly recommend this book IF you have an interest in the english language, its punctuation, the development and abuse of said. This book is accessible, very funny, and well written. Lynne obviously cares about her subject and actually had a long-running national newspaper column on punctuation and its abuse.
If you are regularly infuriated by the greengrocer's apostrophe (carrot's, apple's, etc.) or wonder who invented the question mark (these things don't just turn up out of the blue, you know) then this is the book for you.
Buy it. Read it. Read it again. Bore everyone you know to tears with it. I did!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Open brackets... 15 Mar 2005
By sammoo
Format:Hardcover
I loved this book. It is short, and light reading, and very true. There are so many grammatical errors around us, and Truss has made a point to let us know. When I first started to read it, she did seem a little obsessed with it all, and appeared to take it too far, however, this made it all the more interesting to read.
For a little while after I had finished the book, I found myself thinking things like "Should this comma be here? Or should I put it after the speech marks? Maybe there shouldn't be a hyphen, but a colon instead..." I think people will learn from this book, as it is true what she says that as children, we aren't taught to focus as much on ensuring our punctuation is accurate maybe as much as we should.
Go and have a read - and a chuckle, as it is written with humour, and see what you think for yourself...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Edutainment: a tour de force. 8 Mar 2005
Format:Hardcover
It is critical for anyone who picks up Truss' book to remember that this is a book about grammar. If you write text messages or emails that look like the contents of Alphabetti Spaghetti, then this book will most likely seem a pedantic rant. The truth is, of course, that it is. Truss' point is that grammar is essential to language; she worries that as we write more and more, we're communicating less and less. Grammar lends words meaning, order, and emotion, something she demonstrates par excellance. Applications of grammar are illustrated and taught in a light-hearted but thorough way, leaving one entertained and informed. I dare say the book will actually goad some into reviving their grammar.
This book is not an apologetic, which some reviewers criticise it for not being! It is very much a book connected to people. Truss explains her own personal crusade for grammar. The fundamental argument is that, critically, without grammar people will be unable to connect to other people in a comprehensible way. 'Eats, Shoots and Leaves' is a plea, a call to arms to the English-speaking peoples to understand they have a language which can be enhanced, manipulated and nuanced in unique ways with the proper application of grammar.
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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Informative and mildly entertaining 4 April 2005
Format:Hardcover
Punctuation is rather like taxation law - it's a dry old subject but if you don't understand it you can't use it to your advantage. Having left a rather unimpressive comprehensive school at the age of 15, I relished the chance of receiving some, albeit late, tuition in punctuation. And I got it, courtesy of Lynne Truss. OK, professional journalists, English scholars and the like may scoff. They take such skills for granted whilst forgetting that some of us are educationally disadvantaged in this respect.
Although entirely comfortable with apostrophes, I was never really sure on which occasions to use a colon or a semi-colon. I liberally use dashes in my texts as alternatives to commas - but was uncertain whether this was permissible. I now know that it is. Furthermore, I am finally able to appreciate the importance of hyphenation to avoid ambiguity. Thanks, Lynne!
The book was also mildly entertaining but I can't honestly say that I was unable to put it down - especially if there was something more enthralling on the telly. Glad I read it, though.
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Published 1 day ago by Karen Dyson
5.0 out of 5 stars Helped inspire my son.
Helped inspire my son. Useful information in an entertaining & readable form.
Published 7 days ago by sir_isaac_newton
2.0 out of 5 stars to the point where they get annoyed about how someone has written a...
Was going to buy for my grandchildren to help them, until I read the introduction, for some people punctuation is something they can't grasp, I am one of them, on reading her... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Bbus
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This is a brilliant book
Published 26 days ago by Glasygors
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book if you want your English punctuation to be correct!
Published 29 days ago by Down Under
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought you knew English? Not so fast!
This book is celebrated with good reason. It's not the last word on punctuation (English users are still bickering and making up their own rules) but serves to put many significant... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Meldrew
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
A highly amusing read that explains many of the quirks and pitfalls of the English language. This book was enjoyed and appreciated by my teenage children too.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. Sarah J. Chisholm
5.0 out of 5 stars funny and easy to read
This an ease read and very funny I enjoyed it, its get the free sample to check if its for you first.
Published 2 months ago by Jennie
5.0 out of 5 stars I admit, I am a pedant
But did I need that comma? And should I have started that sentence with but".....should I have started the second sentence with "and"? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Riggers
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Quite interesting and amusing, even for people like me whose mother tongue is not English. I enjoyed it so much.
Published 2 months ago by Lara Rueda
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