Punctation. It is something grown men groan at, little children shy away from, and university students tear up at the mere thought of. It is hard, confusing and down-right fiddly. But fear not. Once you know what to do, it is can be as simple as a microwavable meal. “But how do you know what to do?” I hear you ask. Easy, all you need to do is read a book – ‘Eats, Shoots and Leaves’ by Lynne Truss to be precise.
‘Eats, Shoots and Leaves’ breaks down the complexities of grammar and explains it in a way that is both understandable and entertaining. It reads easily, in a conversational tone, and can even make you laugh (yes, really). I have found it to be ridiculously useful in many of my writing endeavours, including university coursework and editing my novel. The clarity with which things are explained is incredible and if the descriptions don’t help your understanding, then the examples certainly will. Of course, there is always the odd joke that falls flat and not every single rule is covered. Not to mention finding one minor rule to double-check can be a challenge. Despite this, it is a good book to get hold of, with plenty of fun facts and information. It can even be entertaining for those who are not the biggest fans of punctuation. You will come away enlightened.
Rating: 4 stars out of 5