Talk to the Hand

Talk to the Hand : The Utter Bloody Rudeness of Everyday Life

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Sticklers unite! The Queen of Zero Tolerance takes on the sorry state of modern manners, in the spirit of her three million copy worldwide bestseller, "Eats, Shoots & Leaves". 'Talk to the hand cause the face ain't listening', the saying goes. When did the world get to be so rude? When did society become so inconsiderate? It's a topic that has been simmering for years, and Lynne Truss says that it has now reached boiling point. Taking on the boorish behaviour that has become a point of pride for some, "Talk to the Hand" is a rallying cry for courtesy. Like "Eats, Shoots & Leaves", "Talk to the Hand" is a spirited conversation, not a stuffy guidebook. It is not about forks, for a start. Why hasn't your nephew ever thanked you for that perfect Christmas present? What makes your builder think he can treat you like dirt in your own home? When you phone a utility with a complaint (and have negotiated the switchboard), why can't you ever speak to a person who is authorised to apologise? What accounts for the appalling treatment you receive in shops? Most important, what will it take to roll back a culture that applauds rudeness and finds it so amusing? For anyone who's fed up with the brutality inflicted by modern manners (and is naturally too scared to confront the actual yobs), "Talk to the Hand" is a colourful call to arms - from the wittiest defender of the civilised more

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 106 x 170 x 18mm | 140.61g
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1861979797
  • 9781861979797
  • 234,244

About Lynne Truss

Lynne Truss 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 (published by Profile). She lives in more

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"So lively, so witty, so exhilaratingly splenetic" Craig Brown, The Mail on Sunday "Highly perceptive, passionately argued and extremely funny...a brilliantly nailed truth about contemporary life" Sunday Telegraph "Trademark Truss...(very) readable, (very) funny, (very) engaging" Stephen Bayley, Observer"show more

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