Lynne Truss is
a British writer best known for her 2003 book about grammar, Eats,
Shoots and Leaves.
Truss was born in Surrey in 1955, and studied English at University
College London. She began her career in 1977, working as a sub-editor at
Radio Times. From there, she moved to the Times Higher Education
Supplement, where she was a deputy editor until 1986.
She worked as a freelance writer, as well, from 1978. Much of her
journalism focused on arts and literature, but was also well regarded
for her sports writing and television criticism. She continues to work
as a book reviewer for the Sunday Times.
Truss’ first published book was the comic novel, With One Lousy Free
Packet of Seed. The 1994 novel, which was reissued in 2004, was a take
on celebrity journalism. She wrote two additional novels, Tennyson’s
Gift, published in 1996, and Going Loco, published in 1999, both of
which were also reissued in 2004.
Along with her humorous fiction, Truss has written six non-fiction
books. Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to
Punctuation was an award-winning best seller. Her follow-up, 2005’s Talk
to the Hand, was a similar approach to what Truss termed ‘the utter
bloody rudeness of everyday life’. Her latest book, Get Her Off the
Pitch, was published in 2009 and relates her experience as a sports
Truss also works as a broadcaster. Her BBC Radio 4 series, Cutting a
Dash, was the inspiration for Eats, Shoots and Leaves. She has also
written a number of radio plays and monologues for the BBC.