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Posted: 11 January 2013
by Fiona McKim

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How Rude! Modern Manners Defined Compiled by Lynne Truss, illustrations by Michel Streich (Waitrose, £8.99

Gone are the days when you could rely on Debrett’s for an answer to every social conundrum, although we are sure the Middleton family must still consult the aristocracy’s trusty almanac from time to time. For those of us who don’t fraternise with royalty, the line between propriety and faux pas has become somewhat blurred. Enter How Rude! Fret over etiquette no more as a roster of famous names advise you on every vestige of modern manners: Liz Jones on dressing properly for dinner, Richard Hammond’s highway code and Giles Coren’s guide to dining out.

Page turner Fi Glover’s observations on gender and etiquette are pin-sharp, while Jenni Murray tackles the toe-curling anxiety of the awkward greeting. Shake hands or hug? One kiss or two? Shudder.

Page turn-off Coren demanding that we all tip big, prefaced with tales of growing up with three servants is a little hard to swallow.

Typical phrase Liz Jones: “No trainers, unless you are actually jogging, and even then I’d rather you went to a proper running track rather than alarming me on the pavement (I don’t like joggers).”

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