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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi (1 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552149381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552149389
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 859,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'The Fabulous Girl is the girl you want to be - smart, fun, sophisticated. This entertaining guide will show you how'" (Heat)

"'No woman should be without this stylish and fun guide to modern manners...this book is indispensable'" (OK!)

"'Essential'" (Heat)

"'Every woman should have a copy'" (Woman's Own)

"Don't leave home without it" (Tracey Cox, TV presenter and author of HOT SEX)

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A sassy, stylish and thoroughly modern guide to manners for the Sex and the City generation.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Kate Marzillier on 17 Dec. 2002
Format: Paperback
There's some etiquette advice that a modern girl just can't get from her mother. Is it socially acceptable to sleep with the boss? When can you leave one of your best friends off the invitation list for a shopping trip? How can you politely stop colleagues from interrupting you while you're eating your lunch? Is your cute male friend Bingo a Chapstick?
Despite some dubious tips on occasion (using different font sizes and colours on your CV will probably make it the first in line for the shredder - but maybe this isn't the case in Canada, where the authors are from), this frothy book is actually full of useful hints on how to handle difficult situations with grace and aplomb. Reading like Breakfast at Tiffany's meets Miss Manners, by way of Sex and the City, this is a bright and witty book that knows it's as shallow as all get out, but is all the better for it. The authors' main point is that simply by exercising a little charm and courtesy, you can make life a lot more pleasant for yourself and for others. I felt infinitely more fabulous after reading it and even navigated central London at rush hour with a smile, letting other people's rudeness pass me by rather than wind me up. Act like a Fabulous Girl from time to time and not only will you be top of everyone's Christmas card list, but you'll also be far less stressed.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Caroline VINE VOICE on 13 Jan. 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is for any young woman with delusions of Holly Golightly. It tells you how to be somewhere between Charlotte and Carrie on Sex and the City, how to be fun without losing your manners. It is not a stuffy guide to decorum, it is supremely practical and deals with tips for every budget and for every crisis. If you are a fabulous girl or know one, buy this!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 May 2002
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This book could equally well be entitled "How to be Carrie Bradshaw". The ethos, syntax and grammar borrows heavily from Sex and the City. It's peppered with reference to popular culture (shoes are 'Manolos') and the whole book feels curiously mid-Atlantic.
It does what it claims to do quite well, however, and anything that encourages a better-mannered society has to be a good thing. It's not a stuffy book about the finer points of etiquette, it's more a reminder that treating people with courtesy and respect makes you feel better and can take you far. Although much of the advice seems obvious at the age of 25, it would have been useful to know at 18. And I still know a lot of 25 year olds who would be better people for a quick read-through!
Some of the chapters fall a bit flat, for example the one on keeping house, which is so basic it could be lifted straight from a fresher's guide to living away from home. I also found the chapters on relationships quite patronising and very American.
One thing I had a particular problem - would a truly decorous girl really have a "F*** Buddy?"
All in all, despite the froth, it must have sunk in because I let a lot more people out in front of me driving to work this morning and I've been smiling at people like a Miss World contestant all day! The world would undoubtedly be a more pleasant place if this book became a bestseller. Fabulous girls of the world unite - we have nothing to lose but our nail extensions!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Caroline P. Hampton on 5 Mar. 2003
Format: Paperback
"The Fabulous Girl's Guide to Decorum" by Kim Izzo and Ceri Marsh shouldn't be taken too seriously. It shouldn't be compared to historical etiquette such as "Miss Manners" and "Emily Post". This helpful user's guide is meant for a younger age range and with a lot more fun. The concept has been done before and done well (IE. The "Swell" series by Cynthia Rowley and "The Go-Girl Guide : Surviving Your 20s with Savvy, Soul, and Style" by Julia Bourland) but this new addition adds something new. It's got some fiction thrown in for fun. It's broken up with mini chapters around the usual "tips".
Sections such as :
The Workplace
Society
Friendship
Sex and Courtship
Couples
Weddings and Divorce
Home
Entertaining
It's a cute book that shouldn't be considered a bible - more like a helpful tool. I thought it was fun and heartwarming.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By I. Feeney on 21 Sept. 2006
Format: Paperback
A mix of real-life stories and advice, this has some bright moments but overall pales in comparison with, say, Genevieve Antoine Dariaux's _Elegance_ or any of Miss Manners' books. It's a real mish-mash of how to keep friends and influence people that doesn't really speak with a great deal of authority, at least to me.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Naomi Walker on 14 July 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is witty, insightful and highly entertaining. It is also extremely useful, as it covers all aspects of being truly fabulous, from Work, Love and Sex, to Grooming. Its slightly tongue-in-cheek, but this serves to emphasise that a Fabulous Girl shouldn't take life too seriously.
Buy this book if you want an entertaining insight into how to be the woman every girl wants to be. The time for etiquette has returned, and this book makes manners accessible for younger, and older readers.
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