Eats, Shoots & Leaves

Eats, Shoots & Leaves

The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

By Lynne Truss

Gotham Books, Hardcover, 9781592400874, 240pp.

Publication Date: April 12, 2004

We all know the basics of punctuation. Or do we? A look at most neighborhood signage tells a different story. Through sloppy usage and low standards on the internet, in email, and now text messages, we have made proper punctuation an endangered species. In Eats, Shoots & Leaves, former editor Lynne Truss dares to say, in her delightfully urbane, witty, and very English way, that it is time to look at our commas and semicolons and see them as the wonderful and necessary things they are. This is a book for people who love punctuation and get upset when it is mishandled. From the invention of the question mark in the time of Charlemagne to George Orwell shunning the semicolon, this lively history makes a powerful case for the preservation of a system of printing conventions that is much too subtle to be mucked about with.

About the Author
LYNNE TRUSS is the author of the "New York Times" bestseller" Talk to the Hand: The Utter Bloody Rudeness of the World Today, or Six Good Reasons to Stay Home and Bolt the Door," and "The Lynne Truss Treasury: Columns and Three Comic Novels," "Eats, Shoots & Leaves," for which she won Britainas Book of the Year Award, has sold over three million copies worldwide. Truss is a regular host on BBC Radio 4, a "Times" (London) columnist, and the author of numerous radio comedy dramas.

Praise For Eats, Shoots & Leaves

“You don’t need to be a grammar nerd to enjoy this one… Who knew grammar could be so much fun?” -Newsweek

“Witty and instructive… Truss is an entertaining, well-read scold in a culture that could use more scolding.” -USA Today

“Truss is William Safire crossed with John Cleese’s Basil Fawlty.” -Entertainment Weekly

“Witty, smart, passionate, it gives long-overdue attention to ‘the traffic signals of language.’” --John Rechy, Los Angeles Times Book Review “Best Books of 2004: Nonfiction”

“Truss’s scholarship is impressive and never dry.” -Edmund Morris, The New York Times

“[Truss is] a reformer with the soul of a stand-up comedian.” -Boston Globe

“ 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 of anyone who cares about grammar and a gentle introduction for those who don’t care enough.” -Boston Sunday Globe

“Lynne Truss makes [punctuation] a joy to contemplate.” -Elle Magazine

“A witty look at the amusing foibles of punctuation.” -Reader’s Digest

“Lynne Truss has done the English-speaking world a huge service.” -The Christian Science Monitor

“Witty and playful.” -Time Out New York