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on 12 June 2014
I am a great fan of Sandi Toksvig and have read most of her books with relish. However, this one left me disappointed. Couldn't make my mind up about whether it was supposed to be humorous or a serious book about manners. Certainly not what I had expected but I did finish it! Not a bad book and maybe I misread the book description.
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on 12 April 2014
I loved this book and was thoroughly impressed by the wit and wisdom of Sandi Toksvig in her attempt to offer advice on etiquette in the modern world. Along the way Ms Toksvig provides some genuinely interesting and entertaining anecdotes to illustrate her suggested behaviours which regularly made me laugh out loud. Thanks to the author I have also now realised that I have been guilty of committing a few social faux pas myself which I will endeavour to correct in future similar situations. Highly recommended.
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on 22 August 2016
Sandi, you angel, you are a particular heroine of mine. Brave, funny, clever and true. Thank you, lovely lady, for always making me chuckle, while keeping it real. xxx
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on 11 January 2014
This book is essentially a collection of what the author thinks constitute good manners - and she clearly knows her stuff. It is well written and seems pretty comprehensive (I'm half way through it), and contains a lot of good tips.

However, I am disappointed. From the adverts I saw - and my previous experience of the author - I was expecting this to be a witty, quirky take on 21st Century dilemmas and more a book of humour than one of straightforward advice and common sense.

So if you want to know why it is considered rude to have your elbows on the table at dinner, or why to keep your hands in your pockets in Europe then this is a great choice. If you're looking for a giggle then it isn't.
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on 1 January 2014
Sandi Toksvig is a very well read, well educated and thoroughly interesting writer who manages to combine common sense and good manners with interesting anecdotes and quotations which make reading this book both an education and a pleasure. Many of the pieces of advice are very useful and enlightening and if everyone abided by them the world would be a better place.
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on 28 May 2018
WONDERFUL - SIMPLY - WONDERFUL.

What more is there to say??!!
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on 21 August 2017
This made me laugh a lot! A good fun read with some interesting points.
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on 10 July 2014
I like Toksvig's style and usually well researched writing and this was no exception. Written notionally as a letter to a Goddaughter, this should be in every teenager's Christmas stocking! Easy to dip in and out of, some parts perhaps obvious, but a pleasant and sometimes humorous reflection on the need for manners.
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on 17 November 2013
Why shouldn't you sit with your elbows on the table, and other wonderful facts about manners are all in this book. This is also a very funny book I am a huge fan of Sandi so I would like it but I think you would too. You might even learn something that you have been doing for years is Bad Manners.
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on 20 November 2016
Sandi Toksvig is a clever and witty writer. This book proves that as it is full of advice and tumour
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