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Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation | Hardback

Released on 06 November 2003

Author: Lynne Truss | Format: Hardback

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Everyone knows the basics of punctuation, surely? Aren't we all taught at school how to use full stops, commas and question marks? And yet we see ignorance and indifference everywhere. "Its Summer!" says a sign that cries out for an apostrophe. "ANTIQUE,S," says another, bizarrely. "Pansy's ready", we learn to our considerable interest ("Is she?"), as we browse among the bedding plants.
In Eats, Shoots & Leaves, Lynne Truss dares to say that, with our system of punctuation patently endangered, it is time to look at our commas and semicolons and see them for the wonderful and necessary things they are. If there are only pedants left who care, then so be it. "Sticklers unite" is her rallying cry. "You have nothing to lose but your sense of proportion--and arguably you didn't have much of that to begin with."
This is a book for people who love punctuation and get upset about it. From the invention of the question mark in the time of Charlemagne to Sir Roger Casement "hanged on a comma"; from George Orwell shunning the semicolon to Peter Cook saying Nevile Shute's three dots made him feel all funny", this book 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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 Will make you think twice about your own punctuation!

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A reference guide that's not a manual, Lynne Truss is obviously very passionate about her subject and gets you thinking with some of her examples and how the correct grammar can really make a difference to a sentence. An interestingly different read as looks like a novel but don't expect a story line.

 Will make you think twice about your own punctuation!

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A reference guide that's not a manual, Lynne Truss is obviously very passionate about her subject and gets you thinking with some of her examples and how the correct grammar can really make a difference to a sentence. An interestingly different read as looks like a novel but don't expect a story line.

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AuthorLynne Truss
PublisherProfile Books Ltd (UK)
Year2003
ISBN9781861976123
Formathardback - 228 Pages