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April 09, 2004

Award-winning Punctuation

"Eats, Shoots & Leaves", a surprise best-seller about punctuation, has been given the top prize at this year's British Book Awards. According to top tabloid The Sun, the book received the The Book of the Year award in recognition of having sold 582,000 copies since its publication last November, raking in £5 million. Author Lynne Truss said there was still much to be done in improving the nation's understanding of the language's finer points. "I got a taxi to an event and told the driver I was doing a talk on punctuation. He said I'd better get there on time, then" she said. The book takes its title from a joke about a panda who eats in a restaurant, then shoots the restaurant up before he leaves, though there is also a more lewd Australian variation, describing a wombat who "eats, roots, shoots and leaves".

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