So, should you want to learn a little about traditional and/or modern etiquette, here is some bedtime reading suggestions for you too, some of which I have already read & enjoyed, some still to read over the coming weeks:
Debrett’s New Guide To Etiquette & Modern Manners
As it says on the front cover, it’s “The Indispensable Handbook” for anybody who wants to know how to get ahead with good manners, most of which are common sense and very interesting indeed. The cover topics such as personal relationships, entertainment, how to behave in public (and private), rites of passage (birth, baptisms, engagements & weddings), the written word (writing your thank you letters is very important in this day and age!), royal & formal etiquette as well as more modern “netiquette”, phones, faxes etc.
It’s a controversial one and a title that the more traditional etiquette enthusiasts get a little hot under the collar about for some very obvious reasons. Naturally, the rebel in me wanted to read it, so it has to go on my reading list out of intrigue, more than anything. It covers topics such as : New rules in a modern life – for every girl about town, flirting, one night stands (Yup, really there is etiquette for this it seems!), breaking up, getting ahead at work, what to wear, even festival, polo and private jet etiquette – a girl can dream!
run down offering her unique view on manners and life in the everyday Victorian household.
It even shows you how to make homemade gift ideas (who knew jars have a million uses!)
‘The Bluffer’s Guide to Etiquette… for the Socially Less Fortunate‘.
William says: The Middletons are the modern Hyacinth Buckets (although Kate & Pippa are more successful than dear old Mrs B ever was.) Knowing what to do in every social situation has never been more vital. If Kate can become a Duchess, then almost anyone can rise through the social ranks and become a wife of a Baronet, at the very least.
Happy reading book worms!