Lynne Truss: Much More Than Just a Grammarian

By May 31, 2019 Authors

When talking about the “mountains of stuff” she has produced over the years, Lynne Truss apologises and says “I do sometimes stop writing, have a cup of tea and re-organise the dog treats or something.”

Lynne Truss, journalist, author, radio broadcaster and dramatist, was born on the 31st May 1955 in Kingston upon Thames.

Truss attended University College London, where she studied English Language and Literature and attained a First Class Honours Degree.

She was inspired to write her best-known book “Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation” by a Radio 4 programme about grammar “Cutting A Dash”, which she presented. Truss has since gone on to write several other non-fiction and fiction books, including two books about grammar aimed at children.

On Radio 4’s “A Good Read” in 2013, Truss talks of her love of books and recommends a book by Paul Theroux about his friendship with fellow author V.S. Naipaul, “Sir Vidia’s Shadow: A Friendship Across Five Continents”. She describes the book as, a funny shocking and thoughtful book about how writers can be friends.

Lynne Truss’ latest novel “The Man That Got Away”, the second installment of the comic crime series set in Brighton, will be released in July this year and can be pre-ordered  below.



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