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Monday, May 18, 2009

Lynn Truss on Punctuation

Eats Shoots and Leaves by Lynn Truss, is officially one of my all time favourite books. Who would have thought a book about punctuation could have me giggling and snorting, my nose so glued to the page, I honestly couldn't put it down once I started reading it.

I'm going to share a couple of her little gems of wisdom with you, just to whet your appetite.

Taken from the "style book of a national newspaper: punctuation is 'a courtesy designed to help readers to understand a story without stumbling'."

Punctuation is just good manners and: "Truly good manners are invisible: they ease the way for others, without drawing attention to themselves."

"Punctuation directs you how to read, in the way musical notation directs a musician how to play."

What a lovely picture. Who ever dreamed punctuation could be so artistic, so beautiful, so precisely particular?!

Get the book! It is a must for every bookshelf.


  1. I love her anal side - the stories she tells from her holidays and trips, most recall what they saw and where they went, she recalls the punctuation errors. I especially love the punctuation repair kit that comes with the book for fixing signs of varying sizes that you spot when you are out and about.

  2. I brought my copy from fishpond. I didn't get a repair kit! :(