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The best book to buy this Xmas period.

A BOOK about punctuation is tipped to be the Christmas best-seller this year.

Eats, Shoots and Leaves has shot to number one in the book charts just weeks after being published.

It sold nearly 50,000 in its first week and a further 160,000 copies are being printed to cope with demand.

The book, by journalist and broadcaster Lynne Truss, is giving blockbuster novels a run for their money despite no adverts for the book.

It tops online retailer Amazon's chart and is second in Waterstone's, behind a heavily discounted Bill Bryson book.

Scott Pack, buying manager at Waterstone's, said: ``This isthe book everyone's buying at Christmas.

``A lot of people are buying it for themselves or to give to anyone they know who is pedantic.

``The word of mouth is very good and it has built its own momentum.''

Truss came up with the guide to proper punctuation after presenting a Radio 4 show about English grammar.

She said: ``People who have been trained to use punctuation properly are upset to see it being badly used, and some people genuinely want to learn what punctuation can do for them.''

Her top ten gripes include misplaced apostrophes and the overuse of exclamation marks.

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