Lynne Truss, Best-selling Author
Writer Lynne Truss is best known for her bestselling books, Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation – which has sold over three million copies worldwide – and Talk to the Hand: The Utter Bloody Rudeness of the World Today. These titles, published in 2003 and 2005 respectively, have established her in both the UK and the US as an endearing comic voice with quite important things to say about the collapse of literacy, the breakdown of social cohesion, the beauty of the semicolon (when correctly used), and the way airline check-in people and hotel receptionists evidently have to type out all of Gone With the Wind right up to the burning of Atlanta before they remember to look up from their keyboards and acknowledge you as a human being.
Before Eats, Shoots & Leaves, Lynne Truss was well known in Britain as a highly versatile writer, her careers including newspaper columnist, radio dramatist, television critic, comic novelist, broadcaster and even (from 1996 to 2000) sports writer – a four-year aberration in an otherwise quite literary career that will seem all the more intriguing, perhaps, when you learn that she had zero interest in sports. The year 2007 saw the appearance in bookshops of A Certain Age: Twelve Monologues from the Classic Radio Series, and also The Girl’s Like Spaghetti – a funny, illustrated children’s book demonstrating the value of the apostrophe. Meanwhile, on BBC Radio 4, there have been three series of Inspector Steine, a comedy police drama set in Brighton in the 1950s. In 2009 she published her book about her experience as a sportswriter, Get Her Off the Pitch!
Lynne Truss is scheduled to sail on the following voyage(s) (subject to change):