Peas & Queues: The Minefield of Modern Manners by Sandi ToksvigHow do you get rid of unwanted guests? What do you do if theres 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 - and getting it wrong is the stuff of comedy at best and humiliation at worst. Thankfully, Sandi Toksvig has come to the rescue with her entertaining guide to modern manners, with tips on what to do whether youre talking to a bore, or forgot their name in the first place. (Just call them darling.)
The award-winning Radio 4 broadcaster and writer offers guidance on the social pitfalls of every phase of life, from christenings to condolence letters. With characteristic wit and perceptiveness, and revealing the trickiest of her encounters along the way, she highlights decency rather than convention and provides an essential guide to twenty-first century behaviour.
Peas & Queues: The Minefield of Modern Manners by Sandi Toksvig
Since the market in modern manners is already well covered by the viper-tongued Miss Manners in The Washington Post and the Mitfordesque Mary Killen in The Spectator, some rather more commonplace advice about walking on social eggshells may be welcome. Taking her cue from Erasmus who dispensed advice on civility to an year-old boy, Sandi Toksvig minds the manners of an eight-year-old girl who is lightly instructed in an etiquette that exemplifies all the narrow virtues of English middle-class propriety. Her advice works on that limited level, though — if taken wholesale — it would stifle normal social interaction into platitudinous politesse. So polite is Ms Toksvig that she would be a welcome guest at Downton Abbey ; indeed, they might invite her to stay more than three…. Get The International Pack for free for your first 30 days for unlimited Smartphone and Tablet access. Already a member?
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Mary Killen. The broadcaster, author, comedian, actress and mother of three has also had time to churn out 20 books in 20 years. The fact is you will do better in life if other people like you and find you are a pleasure to have around; if you know how to behave. Sandi is popular, and News Quiz listeners often crave a scripted compendium of her wit. The custom of placing a man between two women at the table hails from the era of the Crusades and was implemented to moderate the savagery of the knights as they consumed their fayre. For pragmatic reasons, Sandi explains, other people do not want to be made to feel sick while they are eating. Carry your bag in front of you so that can make sure not to hit anyone with it.