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Lynne Truss biography:
Born 1955, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England
Home until age 18: Petersham, Surrey
One sister, Kay (d 2000)
Father d 1991


The Petersham Russell Infants’ School, Petersham 1960-63
The Orchard Junior School, Petersham 1963-66
Tiffin Girls’ Grammar School, Kingston upon Thames 1966-73
9 O levels (Biology, English Language, English Literature, French, Geography, History, Latin, Maths, Religious Knowledge)
3 A levels (English, History, Religious Knowledge)
Gamble Prize for Literature



University College London 1974-77
BA Hons (First Class) English Language and Literature
Awarded Morley Medal, Rosa Morrison Scholarship and George Smith Prize
Courtauld Institute, Graduate Diploma course 2011-12


1973-74 University of London Library, Senate House, library assistant
1977-78 Radio Times, sub-editor, programme pages
1978-86 Times Higher Education Supplement, deputy literary editor
1986-90 The Listener, literary editor


Freelance writing:

1978-86 Times Educational Supplement, arts and books reviewing
1982-86 The Times, arts profiles
1988-91 The Listener, column called “Margins”
1990-91 The Independent on Sunday, arts and books coverage
1991-97 The Times, television critic, “Single Life” columnist, “Logged Off” columnist, and Op Ed columnist
1994-97 Woman’s Journal, columnist (Columnist of the Year, 1996)
1996-2000, The Times, sports columnist (shortlisted for Sports Writer of the Year, 1997)


Other regular writing:

Sunday Telegraph, “Seven”, weekly column
Saga, monthly column


See Books page for more information
With One Lousy Free Packet of Seed (1994)
Making the Cat Laugh (1995) 

Tennyson’s Gift (1996) 

Going Loco (1999)

Tennyson and His Circle (1999 and 2014)

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation (2003; in US 2004) Book of the Year 2004, British Book Awards; also USA Today Book of the Year 
The Lynne Truss Treasury (US only, 2004) 

Talk to the Hand (2005)

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Why, Commas Really do Make a Difference! (2006)

A Certain Age: twelve radio monologues (2007)

The Girl's Like Spaghetti: Why, You Can't Manage Without Apostrophes! (2007)

Twenty-Odd Ducks: Why, Every Punctuation Mark Counts! (2008)

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Illustrated Edition (2008)

Get Her Off the Pitch (2009)
Cat Out of Hell (2014; in US 2015)
The Lunar Cats (2016)


Stories/chapters in books:

Telling Stories (BBC), Femmes de Siecle (Chatto), Perfect Pitch (Headline), Woman's Hour Book of Short Stories 3 (BBC), Asham Short Stories (Serpents Tail), Secrets of the Press (Penguin Press), Days of Wine and Roses (Transworld), Fabulous Brighton (Shrew Press), Don’t Know a Good Thing (Bloomsbury), The Sunday Night Book Club (Arrow), Fur Babies (Quadrille)
Midsummer Nights (Quercus/Glyndebourne), Modern Delight (Faber)


Ellen Terry’s Lectures on Shakespeare, performed by Eileen Atkins for the Charleston Festival, May 2011 (my idea)

Original plays

The Proceedings of That Night, with Martin Miller, directed by Simon Scullion (Pleasance Courtyard, 2011)
Hell’s Bells, with Sonia Beck, Janet Ellis and Martin Miller, directed by Simon Scullion (Pleasance Courtyard, 2012)


Freshwater, with (among others) Timothy West, Prunella Scales, Sam West, Eileen Atkins and Lucy Briggs-Owen. Directed by Jonathan Munby. A rehearsed reading of the comic play(s) by Virginia Woolf, in a new adaptation. (Charleston Festival, May 2009)


Critical Introductions:

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons (Penguin Classics)
The English Language by Robert Burchfield (Folio Society)
BP Portrait Award 2007 (National Portrait Gallery)
A Dictionary of The Sussex Dialect by W.D. Parish (Snake River Press, 2008)
The Exclamation Mark and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov, translated by Rosamund Bartlett (Hesperus Books)
Westwood by Stella Gibbons (Vintage)
Persuasion by Jane Austen (Vintage, 2014)
That's Not English! by Erin Moore (2015)


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Pick of the Week, Fourth Column, Front Row, Saturday Review, Quote....Unquote,The Write Stuff, Wordly Wise, Front Row, Word of Mouth, The News Quiz, Cross Question, Woman's Hour, Late Tackle, Books and Co, Late Night Live, Who Goes There?, Excess Baggage, Whispers, Saturday Live, Loose Ends, Start the Week, Today, Great Lives, The Now Show, The Essay, A Good Read, The Verb, University Challenge, Only Connect


Fellowship of University College London, 2004
Honorary degree, University of Brighton, 2005
Fellow, Royal Society of Literature, 2005
Honorary degree, Open University, 2006
Honorary degree, New York School of Visual Arts, 2006


Directorships etc:

Patron of Julia Margaret Cameron Trust, Isle of Wight
Patron of Asham Trust, East Sussex
Patron of Women's Refuge Project, Brighton


One home in Sussex (with dogs); one home in Bloomsbury
Cats Buster and Paddy, both born in 1986 died 2006-7 and are much missed
Member of Groucho Club
Friend for Life of Terrence Higgins Trust
Trusty assistant named Gavin

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