'Lynne Truss deserves to be piled high with honours'. -- John Humphrys, Sunday Times
'Lynne Truss has written a funny and apposite book'. -- Mary Kenny, Irish Independent
'She's a soul sister. She's one of us.' -- Richard Madeley, Richard & Judy
A wonderful little treatise on the uses and misuses of punctuation. Witty and entertaining as well as informative. -- Terry Eagleton, Irish Times, November 22
Altogether enchanting...it makes you love punctuation; you want to conserve what is left and perhaps even call for more. -- Oliver Pritchett, Sunday Telegraph
Everyone knows the basics of punctuation, surely? Aren't we all taught at school how to use full stops, commas and question marks? And yet we see ignorance and indifference everywhere. "Its Summer!" says a sign that cries out for an apostrophe. "ANTIQUE,S," says another, bizarrely. "Pansy's ready", we learn to our considerable interest ("Is she?"), as we browse among the bedding plants.
In Eats, Shoots & Leaves, Lynne Truss dares to say that, with our system of punctuation patently endangered, it is time to look at our commas and semicolons and see them for the wonderful and necessary things they are. If there are only pedants left who care, then so be it. "Sticklers unite" is her rallying cry. "You have nothing to lose but your sense of proportion--and arguably you didn't have much of that to begin with."
This is a book for people who love punctuation and get upset about it. From the invention of the question mark in the time of Charlemagne to Sir Roger Casement "hanged on a comma"; from George Orwell shunning the semicolon to Peter Cook saying Nevile Shute's three dots made him feel all funny", this book makes a powerful case for the preservation of a system of printing conventions that is much too subtle to be mucked about with. -- Book Description
Her faint scoldiness, good humour, self-deprecatory pedantry and bloody-minded doggedness make this the most enjoyable book about punctuation ever written. -- Melanie McGrath, Evening Standard
Lovers of good English have thought of ourselves as isolated outposts...Lynne Truss has emerged as our champion. -- William Hartston, Daily Express, November 22
The book of the year, really. It meets the Zeitgeist. Very quirky and enormous fun. -- Fay Weldon,
This is more than a witty, elegant and passionate book that should be on every writer's shelf. Well. Done. Lynne!!!! -- Nigel Williams, The Observer Review
Truss is one of life's head girls. She's also jolly good fun, or at least her book is. -- Sarah Vine, the Times
From the Publisher
This international bestseller, with over 2 million copies sold worldwide, is fast becoming a modern classic. With humor, it guides us and encourages us to use punctuation in a way that will bring life and character to the written word. A book that 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.