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Eats shoots and leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation Hardcover – 6 Nov 2003

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books; Main edition (6 Nov. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861976127
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861976123
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2.1 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 483 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lynne Truss has written a funny and apposite book. (Mary Kenny Irish Independent)

This is a tremendous book: funny, acute, clear and exactly what I need. (Henry Porter)

This book is brilliant. 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. Buy it for any reader you know - you will delight them. (Jenny Colgan)

The most charming, entertaining reflections on punctuation I have ever read...Rattling amusingly across the mine-studded plains of English communication, from dashes to question marks to colons and commas, Truss's mischievous wit and memorable anecdotes are hugely refreshing. (Rosemary Goring Glasgow Herald)

Lynne Truss is jolly good fun, or at least her book is. This is a book you could just as easily give to a venerable uncle who is a stickler for semicolons or an ignorant whippersnapper with an English GCSE on the horizon. It is both practical and colourful. Read the book, you'll get the (full) point. (Sarah Vine Times)

A wonderfully readable little treatise on the uses and misuses of punctuation...witty and entertaining as well as informative. (Terry Eagleton Irish Times)

There are plenty of laughs in this book...but this is more than a witty, elegant and passionate book that should be on every writer's shelf...Lynne Truss's book is as much an argument for clear thinking as it is a pedantic defence of obsolete conventions of written language. Well. Done. Lynne!!!!!!! (Nigel Williams Observer Review)

Lynne Truss deserves to be piled high with honours... she feels a genuine affection for those little full stops and commas, colons and semi-colons. She wants them protected rather than revered, respected rather than worshipped, for the vital job they do. I think she probably understates her case when she argues that people who persist in writing "Good food at it's best" deserve to be "struck by lightning, hacked up on the spot and buried in an unmarked grave". Lightning strikes are altogether too random. There should be a government task force with the single duty of rooting out such barbarians and burning them at the stake. Happily, Truss is a funny writer and she has an eye for the grotesque. (John Humphrys Sunday Times)

Three cheers for Lynne Truss, the extremely droll sports-writer and comic novelist, whose book Eats, Shoots & Leaves makes the history of punctuation a subject at once urgent, sexy and hilarious...Her book is a joyous call to arms for grammatical sticklers everywhere, and I have signed up with delight (John Walsh Independent)

Eats, Shoots & Leaves has been a surprise UK bestseller. Every company meeting should begin with a reading from it, followed by a prayer of thanks for its existence (Michael Skapinker Financial Times)

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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.

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