Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Apr 12, 2004 - Humor - 240 pages
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The spirited and scholarly #1 New York Times bestseller combines boisterous history with grammar how-to’s to show how important punctuation is in our world—period.
 
In Eats, Shoots & Leaves, former editor Lynne Truss, gravely concerned about our current grammatical state, boldly defends proper punctuation. She proclaims, 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. Using examples from literature, history, neighborhood signage, and her own imagination, Truss shows how meaning is shaped by commas and apostrophes, and the hilarious consequences of punctuation gone awry.
 
Featuring a foreword by Frank McCourt, and interspersed with a lively history of punctuation from the invention of the question mark in the time of Charlemagne to George Orwell shunning the semicolon, Eats, Shoots & Leaves makes a powerful case for the preservation of proper punctuation.

  

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Easy to read and informative. - Goodreads
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I really, maybe surprisingly, enjoyed this book. Who would think that a book about punctuation would be so easy to read and fascinating? Read full review

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I could not finish this. I've wanted to read it for a few years now, because it sounded like a fun book. The author is obnoxious and full of herself, rendering it unbearable. Read full review

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Contents

Acknowledgements
Foreword
Publishers Note
Preface
Introduction The Seventh Sense
The Tractable Apostrophe
Thatll Do Comma
Airs and Graces
Cutting a Dash
A Little Used Punctuation Mark
Merely Conventional Signs
Bibliography
Copyright

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About the author (2004)

Lynne Truss is a writer and journalist who started out as a literary editor with a blue pencil and then got sidetracked. The author of three novels and numerous radio comedy dramas, she spent six years as the television critic of The Times of London, followed by four (rather peculiar) years as a sports columnist for the same newspaper. She won Columnist of the Year for her work for Women’s Journal. Lynne Truss also hosted Cutting a Dash, a popular BBC Radio 4 series about punctuation. She now reviews books for the Sunday Times of London and is a familiar voice on BBC Radio 4. She lives in Brighton, England.

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