- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Profile Books (5 July 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846680360
- ISBN-13: 978-1846680366
- Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,403,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Talk to the Hand: The Utter Bloody Rudeness of Everyday Life Paperback – 5 Jul 2007
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
Having read "Eats, Shoots and Leaves" I thought this would be a good read, so I bought it, although it is clear this was written as a quick follow up and so is not really up to the same standard. "Talk to the Hand" is really just a long rant, which has been mentioned in numerous reviews about the hardback version. However, I enjoy a good rant so I did find this enjoyable to read in that sense. Truss set out 6 reasons to stay at home and lock the door, but I never felt she really came to any solid conclusions about them, and didn't tie it all up nicely at the end. It just trailed off, and in this respect the book is disappointing.
In summary, this book is good as a toilet read, but don't expect the usefulness and humour of "Eats, Shoots and Leaves".
I can be an angry person with the rest of them, while also being prone to being irritated by the rudeness and inconsideration of others. I have also had the odd sway into feelings of road rage (Sorry - but that person that pulls out on you in a 60mph limit and proceeds to dawdle along at 25mph will ALWAYS have me reaching for my imaginery dashboard mounted machine gun. You know who you are.) And I too, am irked by other people chatting in the cinema and the very loud, somewhat uneccessary use of mobile phones.But I found myself, rather than shouting 'Yes, thats right - I feel just like that' aloud while reading LT's prose, I found myself instead thanking the good Lord that I'm not as irritated as she appears to be! How tiring!
So, actually, reading this book can be good for your health. It can make you realise how much worse off other people are. Or, in contrast, it can be bad for your health as you reach the conclusion that perhaps you are the irritating as opposed to the irritated...
In content too. Overstated, unfunny, hypocritical - she reveals herself to be guilty of some of the very things she criticises, like using the 'f' word, even accidentally in front of her mother sometimes - and despite the shortness of the book she goes on too long on her very obvious themes.
I now have a dilemma: do I put the book out straight for recycling, or do I give it to a charity shop to their gain but to some punter's loss? Caveat emptor perhaps, as I should have done!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I used to admire Lynne Truss and loved her"Eats Shoots and Leaves", but despite editorial changes in the most recent editions of this book, I can never forgive her... Read morePublished on 2 Jun. 2014 by J Gozzi