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  • Published: 2 April 2007
  • ISBN: 9781742281315
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 512

The Penguin Book of Etiquette


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How should one reply to an invitation – or behave at a Hindu wedding, or select an appropriate anniversary gift, or write a letter of condolence, or eat tricky foods like artichokes?The Penguin Book of Etiquette is the definitive guide to modern manners in Australia. Entertaining and witty, it guides the reader through the appropriate codes of conduct for every occasion in a person's life from the cradle to the grave. From birth to baptism, engagement, marriage, entertaining, serving wine, making introductions, choosing clothes, behaving at the office, writing letters, issuing invitations, and attending funerals.The colourful traditions and religious customs of different cultures are a feature of this book, and reflect contemporary multicultural Australia. Other prevalent social dilemmas such as the use of mobile phones, illegal social drugs, voicemail and the Internet are also covered.The Penguin Book of Etiquette is a necessary reference for every home, and the perfect gift for 21st birthdays, engagements and weddings.

  • Pub date: 2 April 2007
  • ISBN: 9781742281315
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 512

About the Author

Marion von Adlerstein

Born in Sydney, Marion von Adlerstein has lived and worked in her native city and in Melbourne, London, New York and Venice. Between 1976 and 1998 she held several posts with Vogue Australia publications, including Travel Director. During those years, Marion wrote about many subjects, including fashion, beauty and interiors. She is the author of The Passionate Shopper and The Penguin Book of Etiquette, both published by Penguin.


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