This is a witty, entertaining, impassioned guide to perfect punctuation, for everyone who cares about precise writing. Not a primer but a 'zero tolerance' manual for direct action. A panda walked into a cafe. He ordered a sandwich, ate it, then pulled out a gun and shot the waiter. 'Why?' groaned the injured man. The panda shrugged, tossed him a badly punctuated wildlife manual and walked out. And sure enough, when the waiter consulted the book, he found an explanation. 'Panda,' ran the entry for his assailant. 'Large black and white mammal native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves.' We see signs in shops every day for 'Banana's' and even 'Gateaux's'. Competition rules remind us: 'The judges decision is final.' Now, many punctuation guides already exist explaining the principles of the apostrophe; the comma; the semi-colon. These books do their job but somehow punctuation abuse does not diminish. Why? Because people who can't punctuate don't read those books! Of course they don't! They laugh at books like those! "Eats, Shoots and Leaves" adopts a more militant approach and attempts to recruit an army of punctuation vigilantes: send letters back with the punctuation corrected. Do not accept sloppy emails. Climb ladders at dead of night with a pot of paint to remove the redundant apostrophe in 'Video's sold here'.
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Praise for Lynne Truss and Eats, Shoots & Leaves:
Eats, Shoots & Leaves "makes correct usage so cool that you have to admire Ms. Truss."
—JANET MASLIN, THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Witty, smart, passionate."
—LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK REVIEW, BEST BOOKS OF 2004: NONFICTION
"Who knew grammar could be so much fun?"
"Witty and instructive. . . . Truss is an entertaining, well-read scold in a culture that could use more scolding."
"Truss is William Safire crossed with John Cleese’s Basil Fawlty."
"Lynne Truss has done the English-speaking world a huge service."
—THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
"This book changed my life in small, perfect ways like learning how to make better coffee or fold an omelet. It’s the perfect gift for anyone who cares about grammar and a gentle introduction for those who don’t care enough."
—THE BOSTON SUNDAY GLOBE
"Lynne Truss makes [punctuation] a joy to contemplate."
"If Lynne Truss were Roman Catholic I’d nominate her for sainthood."
—Frank McCourt, author of Angela’s Ashes
"Truss’s scholarship is impressive and never dry."
—EDMUND MORRIS, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
Lynne Truss is one of Britain's top comic writers and is the author of the number one bestseller Eats, Shoots & Leaves. It has sold over three million copies worldwide and won the British Book of the Year award in 2004. She has also written four comic books, Going Loco, Making the Cat Laugh, Tennyson's Gift and With One Lousy Free Packet of Seed, all available from Profile Books. She is a regular presenter on Radio 4, a Times columnist and a guest presenter for many other programmes. She lives in Brighton.
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Book Description Profile Books Ltd, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P111861976127
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