After the interesting discussion about punctuation and grammar connected with my blog post sprinkling Capitals Into blog Titles in A Random fashion, I remembered a punctuation book that’s sitting on my shelf.
The book is called Eats, Shoots & Leaves and was written by Lynne Truss. It was given to me by Father James Tierney who just had to share this very entertaining book with a fellow lover of little details.
Do you cringe every time you see an essential missing comma, or when you spot such sentences as, “Video’s for sale”? Then this book is for you. But even if you have no particular interest in punctuation, you might still enjoy this book for the witty way in which it has been written.
Here’s the book description from Amazon:
In Eats, Shoots & Leaves, former editor 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. This is a book for people who love punctuation and get upset when it is mishandled. From the invention of the question mark in the time of Charlemagne to George Orwell shunning the semicolon, 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.
Eats, Shoots & Leaves is definitely not your usual mundane manual of punctuation. It’s a very entertaining read. Oh yes, you might still learn something about punctuation while you’re reading. So might your teenagers.
Eats, Shoots & Leaves is available as both hardcover and paperback books. There is also a Kindle version plus an audio CD. All are available from Amazon.
This book would also make a great gift. I certainly enjoyed receiving my copy from Father Tierney.