- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (1 Oct. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007329067
- ISBN-13: 978-0007329069
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.4 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 492 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Eats, Shoots and Leaves Paperback – Notebook, 1 Oct 2009
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‘A punctuation repair kit. Passionate and witty…fresh and funny.’ Independent
‘If Lynne Truss were Roman Catholic I’d nominate her for sainthood.’ Frank McCourt
‘I laughed, I howled, and I immediately wanted to join the militant wing of the Apostrophe Society. This is great stuff: genuine, heartfelt and rousing.’ Jenny Colgan
‘Enchanting, full of jokes and anecdotes and information. It makes you love punctuation; you want to conserve what is left and perhaps call for more of it.’ Sunday Telegraph
‘It can only be a matter of time before the government seizes the chance to appoint [Truss] minister for punctuation. The manifesto is already written.’ Guardian
‘Truss deserves to be piled high with honours.’ John Humphrys, Sunday Times
‘Worth its weight in gold.’ Independent
About the Author
Lynne Truss is one of Britain's best-loved comic writers and is the author of the worldwide bestsellers ‘Eats, Shoots & Leaves’ and ‘Talk to the Hand’. Her most recent book is ‘Get Her Off the Pitch!’ She reviews for the Sunday Times and writes regularly for radio.
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I went to school in the 1980s when there was a move away from the more traditional 3 R approach to reading and writing and arithmetic (surely that's 1 R, a W and an A?) to a more phonetic approach. Students learned to spell by sounding out words, which left me with not only a spoken Fife accent but also a badly mis-spelled one; and how to punctuate by, I guess osmosis. In fact the only teaching I remember of punctuation at school was my primary school headmaster confidently telling our class that when it comes to punctuation, "if in doubt, leave it out". I have therefore remained relatively impermeable to the subtitles of punctuation unless my word processor tells me otherwise.
I read this book hoping for a light hearted way to improve my deficiencies, but as entertaining as it is, a lot of what I've never truly grasped just went in one eyeball and out the other.
But; then again this is not a text book on grammar (thank god for that!) and instead is full of anecdotes of punctuation faux pas aimed squarely at those who know their semi colons from a sigmoid colon. As someone who once mixed up the later at a pub quiz there was a lot of this book I just didn't get.
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