Her Ladyship's Guide to Modern Manners: An Etiquette Guide

Her Ladyship's Guide to Modern Manners: An Etiquette Guide

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By (author) Lucy Gray, By (author) Robert Allen

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  • Publisher: National Trust Books
  • Format: Hardback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 122mm x 188mm x 24mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1905400411
  • ISBN 13: 9781905400416
  • Illustrations note: No illustrations
  • Sales rank: 105,833

Product description

An essential guide to modern manners, this enlightening and useful book strikes a balance between the stuffy, rigid rules of the 1950s and today's anything-goes school of thought. It is packed with good-humoured advice for the way we live today, but also discusses which formal points of etiquette are still relevant in the 21st century. * Introduction: who needs manners?* A Few Basics: punctuality (and overstaying your welcome), saying sorry and when it's best to lie* Party People: invitations, playing host, being a good guest, meeting and greeting* What to Wear: avoiding the pitfalls of modern dress codes* Rites of Passage: christenings, weddings and funerals* Eating Out: from saying grace to understanding cutlery* Going to Stay: following house rules, helping out, not making yourself too much at home* Getting Around: the rules of public transport and how to avoid road rage* Communications: how to make a phonecall and write an email* A Good Day at the Office: how to conduct yourself at work

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Author information

Robert Allen was born in London, grew up in Edinburgh and lived in Cambridge with his German wife. As a psychologist he became Director of Mensa Psychometrics, a company selling psychological testing to businesses and individuals. The human mind has been a source of enduring fascination and he wrote many books in the field of popular psychology, including The Mind Workout Book (Collins & Brown, 2003) and Improve Your Memory (Collins & Brown, 2004), Boost Your Creativity (Collins & Brown, 2005), Me, myself and I (Collins & Brown, 2005). He also contributed to Fowler's Modern English Usage and wrote articles on the modern use of English in English Today and other journals.

Table of contents

1. Introduction: Who needs manners? 2. The Basics: punctuality (and overstaying your welcome), saying sorry and when it's best to lie 3. Party People: invitations, playing host, being a good guest, meeting and greeting 4. Rites of Passage: christenings, weddings and funerals 5. Eating Out: from saying grace to understanding cutlery 6. Going to Stay: Following house rules, helping out, not making yourself too much at home 7. Getting Around: the rules of public transport and how to avoid road rage 8. Communications: how to make a phonecall and write an email 9. A Good Day at the Office: how to conduct yourself at work 10. What to Wear: avoiding the pitfalls of modern dress codes