Eats, Shoots & Leaves

Version: Unabridged
Author: Lynne Truss
Narrator: Lynne Truss
Genres: Non-Fiction, Language
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
Published In: April 2004
Length: 1 hour, 10 minutes
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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.

Reviews (16)

I should have read the reviews first...

Written by Bri from Putney, VT on September 23rd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Like many others, I didn't read the small note at the bottom of the book description listing this as part of a British radio program inspired by the book. And so, like many others, I was totally disappointed. Evidently the book is not available as an unabridged audio on CD.

False Advertising

Written by Valerie from Philadelphia, PA on September 4th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This isn't the book -- it's excerpts from the radio programs on which the book was based. Very much false advertising!!

I still don't get the semi-colon

Written by Diana from Gig Harbor, WA on June 2nd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I guess I need to read some more about punctuation, but I still don't get the semi-colon. I have recently tried out the semi-colon and I just don't like using it. I will just continue to write two sentances...


Written by Anonymous from Wayland, MA on November 2nd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Hated it. What a waste. Who cares. Maybe this is better as a hardcover book, but in audio form it just doesn't work.

Good but short

Written by Anonymous from Chicago, IL on September 6th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Quite entertaining foray into grammar. I had no trouble listening to the reader's beautiful British accent and was engaged throughout. But it ended too soon.

eats, shoots and leaves

Written by Anonymous from Litchfield Park, AZ on January 8th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Not what I expected. This CD contains excerpts from a British radio show concerning grammar and punctuation. Short, hard to hear some portions. The concept is a little funnier than the reality.

Amusing but short

Written by Anonymous on November 16th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I had seen this book on the best seller list for quite some time and was intrigued. The book was not what I had expected. It was entertaining enough (loved the panda joke which was the highlight for me) but not a very lengthy CD.

Eats, Shoots & Leavesunabridged

Written by Lisa Arnold on October 4th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I didnt even listen to this for I made a mistake in taking this selection

Eats, Shoots & Leaves

Written by Daparoye from Orange, CA on September 7th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I was a bit disappointed with this CD. It was very short and the radio show host, Ms. Truss, was quite hard to understand. The concept is good and I enjoyed taking away a bit of trivia. I wish I could have liked this more.

Eats shoots and leaves...

Written by Trina Fleming on July 27th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I liked the concepts, but reader was hard to follow with the accent...

Author Details

Author Details

Truss, Lynne

LYNNE TRUSS is the author of the "New York Times" bestseller" Talk to the Hand: The Utter Bloody Rudeness of the World Today, or Six Good Reasons to Stay Home and Bolt the Door," and "The Lynne Truss Treasury: Columns and Three Comic Novels," "Eats, Shoots & Leaves," for which she won Britainas Book of the Year Award, has sold over three million copies worldwide. Truss is a regular host on BBC Radio 4, a "Times" (London) columnist, and the author of numerous radio comedy dramas.