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Eats, Shoots & Leaves
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    Edited by Lynne Truss. (Pp 209; hardback.) Gotham Books (Penguin Group) New York, 2003, ISBN 1-592-40087-6.

    Most writers punctuate. Not everyone punctuates correctly. Few punctuate well.

    Lynne Truss’s best-seller, Eats, Shoots & Leaves is certain to raise each reader’s writing one large notch. As a bonus, it is a great read; witty, caustic, and wise. If only I had written this review before the book’s meteoric climb to the top best-seller lists (where it remains). Had I done so this would not now be in the company of the hundreds of other reviews, mostly positive, ranging from warm praise to exuberance. Only a few—notably that by Louis Menand in the New Yorker (June 28, 2004, pp 102–4)—are profoundly critical. (Methinks Menand must be a sourpuss.)

    This is a book to be read for fun and profit. If all contributors …

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