How do you get rid of unwanted guests? What do you do if there's a racket in the quiet carriage? How should you eat peas, and behave in queues?
How to behave, like how to punctuate, is an aspect of life that many are no longer taught. Thankfully, Sandi Toksvig has come to the rescue with her entertaining guide to modern manners, with characteristic wit and perceptiveness.
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"This little book will change your life - and that of your loved (and unloved) ones. For the better. And make you laugh." (John Humphrys)
I started listening to audiobooks at night during bouts of insomnia. I enjoy crime fiction, interesting biographies but will try anything.
If I could change about this book, it would be to present the lists in a less list like way. Don't quite know how this could be achieved but the wonderful Ms Toksvig reading lists complete with numbers is a tad irritating.
The book is basically Sandi's advice on etiquette and behaviour. It has value and where she adds more anecdotes or explanations on her thoughts the book is quite amusing and more interesting. I just had trouble with the lists!
I've listened to a Sandi Toksvig novel and loved it. I wouldn't hesitate to listen to another one but will avoid any that are similar to this.
I don't think that the book converted well to being read out loud. Maybe reading it you would ignore the numbers and therefore it would be less repetitive.
I never thought that a book about etiquette could ever be a good read or listen but i was prepared to risk any book written by the wonderful Sandi Toksvig and I was not disappointed. This is no stuffy tome about which knives and forks to use when attending a banquet at Buckingham Palace, it's a guide to simple good manners which make for easy living everywhere.
Ms Toksvig starts with simple ground rules for living at home then extends those simple rules and principles for helping "Mary" (a youngster of her acquaintance) to move around the world with ease and confidence. Mary is given help in all social situations from sharing a student flat to formal dining.
This isn't a "story" as such but I found myself envying Mary the recipient of such practical advice given with Sandi Toksvig's usual self deprecating humour.
I enjoyed dipping in and out of the book and listened to it over several evenings
Just listen to it! Who ever thought that good manners could be good fun!
Others have remarked on the lists being intrusive, but in an expectedly orderly manner Sandi talks through her high expectations of you at every scenario.
I'm rather looking forward to the next time we go to a formal dinner, just so I can eat an orange with cutlery & firmly blame Ms Toksvig for the shambles I make of it!
Recently retired, full of beans, finding new things to do - one of which is listening to audio books. Always been a great reader.
Sandi's sense of humour. Very tongue-in-cheek, as you would expect.
If you like Sandi, you'll enjoy this.
An essential guide to life and in particular manners, all in a really amusing way. it also just wouldn't be the same if it were read by anyone else. Really good to listen to if your concentration isn't brilliant :)
a lovely listen- very informative but with gentle humour that makes all advise easy to take (or not) I have enjoyed regaling bits to my family and the Qi style facts/quotes are really fun. it's a gentle listen for while you are traveling nothing to get too worried or excited about but make you smile to yourself with the images painted.
I love Sandi on radio 4, and now on QI, and this book is very much her style. She manages to make something quite dismal very witty and entertaining. I never found myself bored despite thinking that an etiquette book would be incredibly hard to digest. The advice is genuinely very good! The chapters are perfectly paced and Sandi's narration is wonderfully familiar.
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