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Sorry! The English and Their Manners
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 27 January 2013
This is an informative, readable book about the English obsession with manners, which will appeal to history fans. It also includes ideas from anthropology and picks up on the author's own experiences, to result in a book that is quite quirky but also full of interest and food for thought. Highly enjoyable and packed with anecdotes which I will enjoy retelling.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on 26 January 2013
I've left `Sorry! The English and Their Manners' unfinished, so write to flag-up to potential readers that the book isn't what I thought it was going to be (and the failing may well be all mine). I had assumed from the jaunty title (and a review in one of the Sunday newspapers) that it would be amusing and lightly informative as a `dip-in, dip-out' bedtime read. Certainly, it tries to be accessible and jocular but, au fond, it came over to me as a jazzed-up academic paper of specialist appeal. Do by all means buy it if the subject matter interests you - but with your eyes open as to the nature of your purchase.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 23 July 2013
This is an enjoyable book which explores the development of what has been considered to be polite or well mannered behaviour since the middle ages. Only in the last few chapters do matters come up to date, but this is not a book which has much to say about particular behaviours, or what is good or bad manners, in our time - instead the author discusses amongst much else the efficacy of ASBOs and the perceptions of good manners at different times, showing that manners are closely related to time and place with different expectations applying in different circumstances.

I enjoyed this book, although it wasn't what I was expecting, and I found it to be an entertaining and informantive work about social history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 11 March 2013
A well written delightful read full of intriguing facts. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 October 2013
Not a book that you read cover to cover in one sitting. But one that you enjoy a chapter or two at a time, full of interesting ideas and facts. A good book to keep and keep dipping back into.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 September 2013
More of a sedate run through of a collection of mildly interesting stories regarding manners than anything particularly funny/informative. A bit of a disappointment, sadly!
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on 21 April 2015
What, on the surface, appears to be a dry subject becomes illuminating and entertaining in Mr Hitchings' hands.This scholarly and panoramic text was a joy to read, presented as ever in his inimitable and comprehensive prose.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 January 2014
A readable historical account of manners and "correct behaviour" over a long time.
Informative and educational but not a manual for "correct/polite" behaviour now.
"Manners" are changing all the time, particularly at the present time, and this book exposes the absurdity of small minded priggish people trying to impose their ideas of "good manners" on others.
E, Housley,
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on 13 January 2015
Not the best read, too long,boring in many plages.
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on 10 May 2015
More about mannerisms than manners!
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