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This is an auction for TALK TO THE HAND: THE UTTER BLOODY RUDENESS OF THE WORLD TODAY, or SIX GOOD REASONS TO STAY HOME AND BOLT THE DOOR, by Lynne Truss.

"TALK TO THE HAND isn't a book about good manners. Instead, the British author of EATS SHOOTS & LEAVES sets out "to mourn... the apparent collapse of civility in all areas of our dealing with strangers; then to locate a tiny flame of hope in the rubble". It's a plea to show some consideration to others, especially in certain areas:

(1) "Was That So Hard to Say?" ("thank you");

(2) "Why am I the One Doing This?" (e.g., punching doggedly through the automated switchboard);

(3) "My Bubble, My Rules" (forcing others to listen to a private conversation on a mobile phone);

(4) "The Universal Eff-Off Reflex" (outrage when antisocial behavior is pointed out);

(5) "Booing the Judges" (active disrespect for the umpire, the older person, anyone in authority); and

(6) "Someone Else Will Clean It Up" (e.g., rubbish tossed out the car window).

"Truss expounds on these themes with fine ire, mordant humor and many examples."
- Publishers Weekly (US)

Many very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Hardback 2005.

224 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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