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Talk to the Hand by [Truss, Lynne]
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2.9 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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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)

The effect of her book is quite inspiring, giving hope (Sunday Telegraph Australia)

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 209 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (19 Aug. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047T6Q8A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #289,814 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
Firstly, the comments about gluten and lactose intolerance have been removed from the paperback addition (see the reviews of the hardback edition); presumably replaced with the line about forcing all young people to do national service.

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".
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By LittleReader VINE VOICE on 25 Mar. 2008
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The bizarre thing about this little book, and all the anger on it's pages, is that it has had the completely opposite effect on me to what I imagined it would!
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...
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How come I forgot the reviews and bought this? Even before starting to read I realised I had poor value for money. Print the size of a book for 10-year-olds, huge margins, and blank pages between chapters. This would have been only 100 pages if the publishers had not tried and failed to mask the fact that this book is very insubstantial.
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!
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This is a likeable book by a likeable person but it lacks authenticity. For the sake of sticking to her thesis, Truss goes woefully over the top and affects so much irritation with everything that you assume she either lives in state of hypertension or is exaggerating. It's the latter, you come to realise. It might have been better to come up with a more thoughtful thesis and approach the question: why have good manners become so downright unfashionable when most of us like them?
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Although I say it didn't have the punch I was expecting, I found myself agreeing with a lot of what is covered in this book. I'm glad I read it, possibly because it made me feel I am not alone in expecting a little bit more from society. Manners put us in a league above other animals, but we seem to be falling back into 'dog eat dog' rather quickly. Does 'the circle of life' mean that we'll go back to living in caves one day too?
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I found this book interesting but a little deep sometimes. Not that is bad but would have preferred something a little lighter. Lynne Truss does sometimes refer to examples of everyday occurrences which are very enlightening to give strength to the book. Overall the book didn't always grab my attention although I completely agree with the idea of it's content.
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It was OK but unlike her bestseller "Eats, shoots and leaves" it could not hold my attention long enough to allow me to finish it. Too much pointless ranting. Perhaps I meet too many normal, nice people to get worked up over the berks.
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Bought this because of the author's excellent "Eats, Shoots & Leaves". But this is obviously a quick follow-up moneyspinner, no more than an extended Daily Mail-style rant about the lack of modern manners. Almost no practical suggestions or guidelines whatsoever. And, like a previous reviewer, I started to feel more sympathy for the "Eff Off" generation than the author of this grumpy and sour diatribe.
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