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Debrett's Etiquette for Girls Hardcover – 15 Oct 2008

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: ACC Art Books (15 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851495738
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851495733
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 2.1 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 450,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fleur Britten is a features journalist based in London who specialises in fashion, culture and the arts, lifestyle and travel.


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Format: Paperback
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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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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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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Nice and all as this book may sound, I was a bit upset when my twenty six years old daughter asked me if I'd ever had an affair on her father and (would you believe it) gotten away with it? She was afraid that because this book gives advice on infidelity that it's the norm. The book says When cheating on a husband/partner, be sure to cover your tracks. Destroy receipts you cannot explain away, delete incriminating text messages as soon as they're received, and be wary of e-mail.

I was also very upset at the section on telling lies where Rule number one is to watch your back. If you're overheard bad-mouthing someone, and are sure that umbrage was taken, apologise at once. If you're too spineless to do it in person, e-mail.

My daughter is so lovely yet very smart and after a good sit down and a chat with me about these subjects, she and her friends now agree that this book is really irresponsible and uncool. Every woman should realise that having affairs and telling lies just hurts people afterall it's someone's father or husband you're messing with. It's really sad that this book makes affairs and telling lies seem cool. A note of warning, this is not a suitable book for trendy girls and certainly not for teenagers. Being trendy is about being honest and not lying to your best friends.
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A very comprehensive guide for girls entering polite society. Unfortunately, my daughters have not really read it as their generation seem less concerned with social correctness and more concerned with appearance, however it is still a good reference guide for when they become more concerned with etiquette.
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Format: Paperback
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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Format: Hardcover
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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