** Sorry! The English and Their Manners by Henry Hitchings


Sorry!: The English and Their Manners is a rather meandering history of manners view from a British perspective, which never manages to choose between a comprehensive history and a string of amusing anecdotes and therefore never gelled fully for me. That being said, I enjoyed reading about etiquette suggestions from yore (“Don’t encourage friends to smell stinky stuff” — who knew?) as well as the overly tactful comments of today (“We must have lunch” — as in never!) I just wish the book could have been more cohesive.

 

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