"Witty and instructive... Truss is an entertaining, well-read scold in a culture that could use more scolding." -USA Today
"Truss is William Safire crossed with John Cleese's Basil Fawlty." -Entertainment Weekly
"Witty, smart, passionate, it gives long-overdue attention to 'the traffic signals of language.'"--John Rechy, Los Angeles Times Book Review "Best Books of 2004: Nonfiction"
"Truss's scholarship is impressive and never dry." -Edmund Morris, The New York Times
"[Truss is] a reformer with the soul of a stand-up comedian." -Boston Globe
" This book changed my life in small, perfect ways like learning how to make better coffee or fold an omelet. It's the perfect gift of anyone who cares about grammar and a gentle introduction for those who don't care enough." -Boston Sunday Globe
"Lynne Truss makes [punctuation] a joy to contemplate." -Elle Magazine
"A witty look at the amusing foibles of punctuation." -Reader's Digest
"Lynne Truss has done the English-speaking world a huge service." -The Christian Science Monitor
"Witty and playful." -Time Out New York
Anxious about the apostrophe? Confused by the comma? Stumped by the semicolon? Join Lynne Truss on a hilarious tour through the rules of punctuation that is sure to sort the dashes from the hyphens.
We all had the basic rules of punctuation drilled into us at school, but punctuation pedants have good reason to suspect they never sank in. ‘Its Summer!’ screams a sign that sets our teeth on edge. ‘Pansy’s ready’, we learn to our considerable interest (‘Is she?’) as we browse among the bedding plants.
It is not only the rules of punctuation that have come under attack but also a sense of why they matter. In this runaway bestseller, Lynne Truss takes the fight to emoticons and greengrocers’ apostrophes with a war cry of ‘Sticklers unite!’