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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on 13 June 2010
Before buying this book I had read other reviews listed here and, in spite of some mixed reactions, I went ahead and bought it, convinced that Debrett's was surely going to provide me with the best guide on the market. This book is nicely presented and serves as a great introduction for those who don't want to be overwhelmed with information or the nitty-gritty details of etiquette. It covers the major issues and situations in which the fine details of "proper" etiquette may occur, such as dress codes, dining and place settings, behaviour in social situations (i.e. in restaurants, travel, etc), and thus serves as a nice (and crucially, not intimiditaing) introduction for those who want to find out more about the particulars of social graces and behaviour. Nonetheless, if you are looking for a detailed and rigorous discussion of the facts and particulars about social etiquette this book fails to deliver. It really does serve as a beginner's guide only - if you are an individual already interested in etiquette and looking to perfect your skills with those finer details of etiquette(the ones that, unfortunately, are the most important) then this is not the book for you. All in all, this'll look nice on my book shelf but unfortunately, won't be one I'll need to look at again and again - a bit too basic for what I was after.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 12 June 2013
I have to say I agree with many of the reviewers in that this book lacks any great substance. I feel it is full of very obvious things and lacks any great detail on topics. As its title suggests perhaps this is better suited for girls rather than grownups. I too wish this had been more like the gentlemen's guide and feel compared with the gentlemen's version that this is full of worthless photographs and I would have preferred a similar style particularly the view of the lady which might have been a nice idea reversed. Overall your book shelf will not be any the less from missing out on this book, which is a great shame as it could have been so much more.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on 29 October 2007
I bought this book hoping for something quite in depth that would give me advice on conduct in different social situations. However I really didn't feel like it delivered. All of it's suggestions were obvious and I learnt very little from it. I wouldn't recommend anyone who had been brought up knowing how to hold a knife and fork to buy this book. It is nicely presented but really of little substance.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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.
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on 8 October 2006
An essential for `girls' of all ages - lovely photographs and layout, bags of practical guidance: how to tip your hairdresser, when to remove your hat at weddings, what to do with an oyster.... and other dodgy date dilemmas. All in an entertaining and unstuffy style which makes it unputdownable both for girls and `boys'
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 14 September 2009
Nice pictures, but not exactly what i was looking for. I needed more technical advice and drowings, regarding dressing the table, which glass with what meal etc. Some good tips are there though.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 22 March 2011
This is an excellent book; very well written and laid out offering great insights and a perfect introduction to manners in today's society. It is my bedside read at the moment and a manual I can refer to in moments of doubt. The only point of query is the 'the girls' part of the title, which at first suggested it might have been aimed at a 'debutante' rather than your 'every woman' about town type, which is why I hesitated for a bit before giving it a go. It is highly informative and enjoyable and I have no hesitation in recommending it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 10 November 2010
This book is al right but most of the time says how you should behave in society like a good citizen. So, this book is also for men. You can find little technical things but no diagrams, no technical stuff. It annoys me sometimes the usage of poetry to convey the message...just be straight... VERY DISAPPOINTING. I'm glad I bought this on sale....
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 1 November 2008
I really wish this was as good as the gentlemans guide which is really marvellous- The detail is a little lacking by comparison and not nearly as compelling-like many other readers I agree there wasnt too much detail here and perhaps not a great deal of new material.Perhaps it would suit a younger reader as a gift.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 May 2013
This book was bought as a present for my sixteen year old daughter. Do take some of the advice with a pinch of salt, though. More fun than factual.
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