Sorry! The English and Their Manners Paperback – 4 Jul 2013
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'A writer of apparently limitless learning and intelligence, who writes works of scholarship masquerading as popular narrative non-fiction . . . the man is something else' (Guardian)
'An excellent history, just don't read it at the dinner table . . . this insightful book will give you pause the next time you wipe your nose on the duvet or - social death! - top up your host's glass at a New Year's Eve party' (The Times)
'Amusing and enlightening . . . he is particularly insightful in depicting the evolutionary shift manners have taken since they were first codified on paper in the Middle Ages' (Financial Times)
'[Hitchings] is a lovely writer, full of interesting ideas and neat turns of phrase' (Daily Mail)
'Hitchings has made a bold, entertaining and often imaginative, assault on a fundamentally impossible subject' (Observer)
'Manners is a fascinating subject, and Hitchings handles it with all his customary wit, knowledge and elegance' (Mail on Sunday)
'Highly entertaining and absorbing book' (Daily Telegraph)
'Understated elegance . . . it is itself an impeccably well-mannered and deeply English product' (The Spectator)
'Witty and sharp . . . full of diverting nuggets and anecdotes . . . elegantly written' (Sunday Times)
'A scholarly study of English manners' (Country Life)
'Illuminating and entertaining' (Sunday Telegraph)
'Hitching's shares provocative opinions . . . he exhibits an appetite for confounding myths about social mores' (Metro)
'Endlessly entertaining' (Literary Review)
'Diverting new book' (Lady)
An elegant and erudite book . . . Hitchings has an encyclopaedic mind, but like the well-mannered Englishman he is, wears his learning lightly (Independent)
Full of diverting nuggets and anecdotes (Sunday Times)
Very well-mannered and authoritative survey of British behaviour (Sunday Telegraph)
What better book for a foreign beach than an exploration of our enduring stereotypes. This history of faux pas and foibles is ideal for broadcasting entertaining 'Did-you-knows?' (Mail on Sunday)
He's terrific. He's struck the perfect balance between hard academic insight and sheer readability - and achieves both (Evening Standard)
Scholarly without being heavy, and rich with acute anecdotes and diversions into social history . . . Pacy and enthusiastic, Hitchings's book entertains and enlightens (Daily Telegraph)
The erudite and witty Henry Hitchings is the perfect guide through the minefield of social conventions we call manners (Mail on Sunday)
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I enjoyed this book, although it wasn't what I was expecting, and I found it to be an entertaining and informantive work about social history.
The use of the word "sorry" is overused and underused in England. As Hitchings said, "the readiness of the English to apologise for something they haven't done is remarkable, and it is matched by an unwillingness to apologize for something they have done." That could be seen as arrogance but is fairly common here.
Mobile phone etiquette is a bugbear for many people and that probably deserves more space in the book. Perhaps that needs yet another tome on social matters. Jeremy Paxman's The English is a superb read and very revealing. His distinctive tones can be heard as he writes as he speaks.
The reviews of this book have been very mixed but each to their own. I
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Informative and educational but not a manual for "correct/polite"...Read more
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