As kids it seemed so simple: mind your ps and qs, don’t run with scissors, pleases and thank-yous, and never talk with your mouth full. But as adults in this modern world, we’re judged on everything from how we sign off our emails to the way we negotiate a footpath to the way we park our cars and the frequency with which we bathe. Nobody can be expected to get everything right. But it doesn’t hurt to strive to be better, right? And from your soapbox of social superiority, you’ll be free to cast judgement on those beneath. Here are some books to help you negotiate this complex life.
Some clear guidelines to navigate a rapidly changing world.
Good manners never go out of fashion. Expert etiquette advice from Ita Buttrose for all occasions.
A charming and very funny guide to entertaining etiquette from the 1950s.
Full of charm and wit, Barbara Cartland's Etiquette Handbook is as delightful now as when it first appeared in 1962
From one of the country's most beloved authorities on etiquette, with help from her world-famous granddaughter, Liv Tyler, this is a colorful guide to 21st-century manners for the millions of young professionals who want to be their best in every setting, from business meetings to casual events or when using technology.
A sassy, stylish and thoroughly modern guide to manners for the Sex and the City generation.
Three Penguin Random House novels honoured among the Australian Book Review’s fan favourites.
Stories real and imagined about the moral cost of slavery, and its implications on humanity.