Talk To The Hand. The Utter Bloody Rudeness of Everyday Life Hardcover – 24 Oct 2005
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The effect of her book is quite inspiring, giving hope (Sunday Telegraph Australia)
Wise and witty elegy for the decline of modern manners (Red)
Heads and shoulders above the usual array of stocking fillers (The Week)
Beautifully written... a much more interesting work than either a guide to manners or a more dispassionate analysis of rudery could ever be. (David Sexton Evening Standard)
She's opposed to rudeness but on occasion is rude herself - appallingly and wittingly so! (Sydney Morning Herald)
Funny and buoyant (Sunday Times)
This fine rant against boorish behaviour. (Saga Magazine)
An entertaining rant, dotted with acute observations. (Libby Purvis The Tablet)
Highly perceptive, passionately argued and extremely funny (John Preston Sunday Telegraph)
Perfect (Sunday Express)
I'm terribly fond of Lynne Truss's book on manners, Talk to the Hand. I'd love to take tea with her but I'd be a little nervous to do so. (Patrick Marber Sunday Telegraph)
(very) readable, (very) funny, (very) engaging (Observer)
Anyone who has a sense of "the utter bloody rudeness of everyday life" will identify with much of the Truss jeremiad... a pleasingly wrathful social documentary. (Michael Bywater Telegraph)
It's bound to make you laugh and thump the table in agreement. (Sun Herald Australia)
Always fair, often funny and above all sane. (Ruth Rendell - Books of the Year 2005)
So lively, so witty, so exhilaratingly splenetic.... It doesn't really matter how many times we may have shaken our heads in disagreement with her as the experience of reading what she has to say is always so pleasurable (Craig Brown Mail on Sunday)
Bloody funny and an effin good read (Sunday Independent Dublin)
About the Author
Lynne Truss is one of Britain's top comic writers and is the author of the number one bestseller Eats, Shoots & Leaves. It has sold over three million copies worldwide and won the British Book of the Year award in 2004. She has also written four comic books, Going Loco, Making the Cat Laugh, Tennyson's Gift and With One Lousy Free Packet of Seed, all available from Profile Books. She is a regular presenter on Radio 4, a Times columnist and a guest presenter for many other programmes. She lives in Brighton.
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Top Customer Reviews
Truss is amusing and her writing is very readable. She takes on computer lingo, irresponsible mobile use, eating in public (some thing my father abhorred) and many other such social grievances.
A book to dip into and at times sympathise with. I’m sure it will make a good Christmas present, but let’s not take it too seriously else we would be forever grumpy!
As Oscar Wilde wrote in Lady Windermere's Fan
'Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.'
It is sentences like the one mentioned on Pages 32 and 33 that make this book a joy to behold.
Turn to page 45 and here we read:
Please, thank you, excuse me, sorry-little words, but how much they mean. Last week, a young woman sitting opposite me on a train picked up my discarded Guardian and just started reading it, and I realised afterwards that, had I wanted to do something similar, I would have used the maximum of politeness words (“ Excuse me, sorry, may I? Thank You”) instead of none at all.
What should civilised society do in the present age when the values held firm a generation ago are quickly being eroded? Here Lynne Truss takes a detailed look at modern day society and alerts us to what is wrong with it and how best to address matters that are of grave concern. The reader is urged to take a pro-active stance if he/she takes the view values are taking a downward spiral.
Social commentary at its finest!
As a concept, it would have made a great magazine feature - there IS good stuff here, and it's certainly an issue that needs to be addressed - but stretching it all to book length has resulted in a rather boring, overly negative experience, unlike "Eats..." which really DID make me want to run out my house with a large magic marker.
It isn't even that funny - the weary subject matter seems to have exhausted the constant sparkle that filled her previous outing, and the examples of rudeness herein aren't particularly entertaining or shocking (as I believe they are intended to be).
Looking on the bright side, Truss's previous book has probably just sold its nine-zillionth copy, which will hopefully cut her a bit of slack for the next book.
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"Also, it was the dwarves who worked with gold, of course; not the elves."
The above quote appears on page 17 of this book.
Yes, this is most definitely true. Read more
I don't know about talk to the hand but there's no doubt that Lynne Truss talks through her ass (and I'm not saying she has a pet quadruped belonging to the Equidae family as her... Read morePublished on 24 Jan. 2014 by Taranis
'Eats shoots and leaves' was always going to be a hard act to follow! This is an interesting little book with some great lines, but it is a little tedious in places.Published on 11 May 2013 by LadyGrey
This book was quite entertaining, Lynne Truss has a lovely style which is very funny and I really connect with. Read morePublished on 7 Nov. 2009 by Sulkyblue
Huge disappointment, even thought twice about donating it to the charity shop for fear of somebody else losing money on this rubbish.Published on 29 Feb. 2008 by I. S. Thompson
This is utter trash, I can't really be bothered to write a full review becuase it doesn't deserve it. Read morePublished on 1 Sept. 2007 by J. Bridge