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An Essential Read
on 9 February 2011
This book is brilliant. Just the ticket for modern women and girls about how to act graciously in every aspect of life. This guide focuses on self - development and shows you how to get the best out of those around you with the help of a little etiquette. Written in a simple (and very polite) manner, it is so easy to understand. From the workplace, to relationships, to dealing with very uncivilised people, words on what is acceptable/unacceptable in public; even information on a maximum length for fingernails (!), you will learn something useful from this book.
Most people sneer at the term 'etiquette,' thinking it out-of-date and unnecessary in the modern world. This elegantly written book however proves the opposite: it's not a bunch of people making silly conservative rules - whether we like it or not, people DO get offended by excessive use of capitals in emails, having music too loud on public transport, or letting a door go in someone's face. We've made the rules ourselves; this book just reminds us of them and teaches us those we have missed.
If you want to be a respected, well thought of and (in the long term) successful lady, give this book, and its guidance, a shot. You may be pleasantly surprised.
A word on the depth of the content: this is neither a beginner's book nor an expert's. This book is mid-way, giving thoughtful advice that, if you stick to, will probably guard you against offending anybody, ever again. That said, if you want an all-inclusive-down-to-the-last-melon-fork guide for specific scenarios/events, get Debrett's A-Z.