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3.0 out of 5 stars For Grumpy Old Women (and Men)!, 1 Mar. 2006
This review is from: Talk To The Hand. The Utter Bloody Rudeness of Everyday Life (Hardcover)
I enjoyed this book, but there's little doubt it is slip-streaming behind the highly successful 'Eats, Shoots and Leaves'. This book has much more of a 'Grumpy Old Woman' feel to it as it really is just a succession of grumbles, unlike E,S&L which had plenty of grumbles but also lots of practical advice about good punctuation. Personally I quite like these Grumpy Old So-And-So books because we all have things that irk us and it's quite nice to hear someone else articulating the same complaints. I think most people would agree that Britain is a pretty rude place these days and there are lots of funny anecdotes here. But there are some strange inconsistencies too. For example, early on in the book, Lynne Truss says she doesn't like using a title like Miss or Ms. (This means that on application forms she ticks the 'Other' box for 'Title' with the amusing consequence that she gets mail addressed to 'Other Lynne Truss'). However later on in the book she is critical of youngsters who don't address adults by any sort of title! So in summary this book is an entertaining rant against rudeness but NOT as good as E,S&L. Borrow a friend's copy rather than buying it!
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