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Rules of Civility Hardcover – 21 Jul 2011

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sceptre (21 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444708848
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444708844
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 22.3 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 167 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 986,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Achingly stylish...witty, slick production, replete with dark intrigue, period details, and a suitably Katharine Hepburn-like heroine' (Guardian)

'Written with a light, witty touch.' (The Age)

'Put on some Billie Holiday, pour a dry martini and immerse yourself in the life of Katey Kontent, a smart young woman trying to find herself in Manhattan in the late 1930's' (Who Magazine)

The summer's must-read: gripping and beautiful (Sunday Times)

'Terrific. A smart, witty, charming dry-martini of a novel' (David Nicholls, author of One Day)

'This novel looks at how spur of the moment decisions can define life for years to come against the backdrop of 1930s New York City' (The Newcastle Herald)

'Towles has written a sophisticated novel about a fascinating but underappreciated moment in US history' (The Sydney Morning Herald)

'This is a flesh-and-blood tale you believe in, with fabulous period detail. It's all too rare to find a fun, glamorous, semi-literary tale to get lost in... While you're lost in the whirl of silk stockings, fur and hip flasks, all you care about is what Katey Kontent does next' (Viv Groskop, Observer)

'Take The Great Gatsby, throw in a little Breakfast At Tiffany's and mix with a lot of attitude in a cocktail shaker, and you've got Rules of Civility, a sophisticated coming of age story set in 1938 Manhattan' (The Australian Women's Weekly)

'Irresistible... A cross between Dorothy Parker and Holly Golightly, Katey Kontent is a priceless narrator in her own right - the brains of a bluestocking with the legs of a flapper and the mores of Carrie Bradshaw' (Elena Seymenliyska, Telegraph)

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For fans of Fitzgerald and Capote, a witty, elegant fairytale of New York, set in 1938.

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