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Author: Max Davidson

ISBN: 9781849014144
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 145
Published: 1 October 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.5 x 13.5 x 1.6
'Just say you are sorry'. It has become one of the drumbeats of the age. Fresh apologies are demanded every week : from broadcasters, politicians, errant spouses, disgraced bankers, myopic referees.

Sometimes an apology is forthcoming, and honour is satisfied. But, for many people, the S-word proves a bridge too far : they shrink from using it even when common sense tells them that they should. How have we got ourselves into such a tangle over a simple two-syllable word?

The English used to be world-champion apologisers : a nature of inveterate sorry-sayers. Now we hardly know if we are coming or going. Written by serial apologiser Max Davidson, a man who believes in saying he is sorry, then waiting to be told what he is sorry for.

Sorry examines the origins and history of the word 'sorry'; dissects some of the reasons that apologies are seen as a sign of moral weakness; explores the religious notion of sincere contrition; considers the legal consequences of admitting liability; and, casts a sceptical eye over the fashion among politicians for apologising for things that happened in the distant ...

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