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)
"If you love lists you'll love this"
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.
"Manners for Mary"
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!
"Gets better as you read more"
Sandi's sense of humour. Very tongue-in-cheek, as you would expect.
If you like Sandi, you'll enjoy this.
"Hilarious guide to life!"
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 wonderful listen and you might learn a thing or to as well. I certainly did.
"This is snort-coffee-through-your-nose funny..."
Sandi explaining her partner's pregnancy yearning, and her own reluctance to argue with an hormonal woman!
I've seen her live and her natural story telling ability and sense of mischief comes across in the book as much as it does on stage. She can take the most mundane subject and make it memorable and funny.
Although this is a light hearted take on etiquette and manners, Sandi's honesty when talking about her own family is both raw and heart warming.
I'd thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who has even the smallest funny bone. I usually listen to audio books whilst driving and I found myself making extra journeys just so I could listen to a bit more! My only criticism is that it was far too short.....can you make your next one somewhere in the region of 50 hours, Ms Toksvig?.....
"Very funny and informative"
The content is both informative and entertaining. Read with all humour charm and exquisite timing one expects from Sandi. Great fun and something you can return to again and again.
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