Lynne Truss on Lewis Carroll on BBC Radio 4


Lynne Truss

Lynne Truss, author of the best-selling grammar-romp Eats, Shoots and Leaves, recently appeared on the BBC Radio 4 program “Great Lives” to discuss her fascination with Lewis Carroll. You can listen to the half-hour program at leisure on the BBC iPlayer.

Interviewed by British author Matthew Parris, Truss discusses her life-long fondness for Lewis Carroll – fondness that led her to include him as a character in her 2010 novel Tennyson’s Gift.  The interview also features Robin Wilson, author of Lewis Carroll in Numberland and together the trio address questions such as “Dodgson the Mathematician: Was he any good?”. They also do a good-spirited rendition of Alice being introduced to the banquet in Through the Looking-Glass. Matthew Parris plays the pudding.

1 comment to Lynne Truss on Lewis Carroll on BBC Radio 4

  • Bruce Manning

    An Australian, I am hoping to discover an e-mail address to which I can send Lynne Truss an anecdote regarding “Eats,Shoots & Leaves”. I have not the slightest doubt that she would enjoy it. In brief: I’m a 75 year-old retired, former English teacher,descended into academe in my declining years, to specialise in teaching C19th Lit., and think I generally express myself in writing rather clearly. I recently went in to bat on behalf of “Eats, Shoots & Leaves”,only to have the recipient responded so kindly [that should be ‘kindlyly’,I feel?] and in heart-felt sympathy for my having had to tolerate reading “a book that was not up to my standards in punctuation!” Seems I can no longer write in enthusiastic praise of something without having my reader try to soothe my disappointment! If Lynne Truss could let me have an address, I might have better luck with her. With best wishes, Bruce Manning, Brisbane, Australia.