Can You Eat, Shoot and Leave?

Bathgate writer, Clare Dignall’s Can You Eat, Shoot & Leave? (Collins, £7.99) is a sharp, humorous sequel to Lynn Truss’s 2003 masterpiece on punctuation Eats, Shoots and Leaves. Sloppy punctuation, like sloppy grammar, had become increasingly common when Lynn Truss wrote her little master-piece. (The title is based on the tale of the panda in the café who eats his sandwich, draws a gun and fires into the air. The panda explains to the bewildered café owner that the definition of his kind is a large black-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China which eats, shoots and leaves. One misplaced comma totally strangles the original intended meaning.) Continue reading Can You Eat, Shoot and Leave?