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4.09 out of 54.09 out of 54.09 out of 54.09 out of 54.09 out of 5 4.09 (11 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lynne Truss Narrator: Lynne Truss Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9780786552610
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In 2002 Lynne Truss presented Cutting a Dash, a well-received BBC Radio 4 series about punctuation, which led to the writing of Eats, Shoots & Leaves. The book became a runaway success in the UK, hitting number one on the bestseller lists and prompting extraordinary headlines such as Grammar Book Tops Bestseller List (BBC News). With more than 500,000 copies of her book in print in her native England, Lynne Truss is ready to rally the troops on this side of the pond with her rousing cry, Sticklers unite!

Through sloppy usage and low standards on the Internet, in e-mail, 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. If there are only pedants left who care, then so be it. This is a book for people who love punctuation and get upset when it is mishandled. From George Orwell shunning the semicolon, to New Yorker editor Harold Ross's epic arguments with James Thurber over commas, 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.




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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 5/23/2011

    " Lynne Truss is the woman I want to be when I grow up. Maybe she won't mind if I stalk her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fons | 5/14/2011

    " A bit strenuous at some points, but definitely the best book on British English punctuation.
    Recommended to everyone with a weakness for language. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Netts | 5/14/2011

    " liked it but then promptly forgot half the things i learned from it. which isn't a criticism of the book, just an admission of personal failure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/9/2011

    " A friend gave me this book for my birthday once. It's a funny little guide to punctuation, and a perfect pick for sticklers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toni | 5/5/2011

    " Loved it. I've read it twice and plan to do so again. It's so funny that you forget that you are learning the proper way to use the English language! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 5/4/2011

    " Can a book about punctuation be an amusing read? Why, yes it can!
    I wish this were required reading for every high school freshman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 5/3/2011

    " Fun book to read! Interesting to see some of the cultural differences wrapped around punctuation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Artemis | 5/2/2011

    " The writer's tone is quite humorous. : > I am still reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 5/2/2011

    " Another book on writing better. It was somewhat amusing at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 4/27/2011

    " so fun in a nerdy way! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lillian | 4/25/2011

    " This book, and the several editions and shoot-offs meant for students may be a great way to make the mechanics of writing fun. These texts also showcase funny grammatical, punctuation, and spelling mistakes which can highlight the importance of these skills for students. "

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About the Author
Author Lynne Truss

Lynne Truss is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Eats, Shoots & Leaves, which has sold nearly one million copies and won Book of the Year at the British Book Awards. A novelist and journalist, Truss is also the author of numerous radio comedy dramas.