Sorry! by Henry Hitchings

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Reconciling a long history of disruptive, sometimes thrilling...will always be problematic for the historian. Hitchings has made a bold, entertaining, and often imaginative, assault on a fundamentally impossible subject.
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Henry Hitchings presents an amusing, illuminating and quirky audit of English manners. Ranging from basic table manners to appropriate sexual conduct, via hospitality, chivalry, faux pas and online etiquette, he traces the history of our country's customs and courtesies. Putting under the microscope some of our most astute observers of humanity, including Jane Austen and Samuel Pepys, he uses their lives and writings to pry open the often downright peculiar secrets of English behaviour.
 

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Henry Hitchings was born in 1974. He has contributed to many newspapers and magazines, and is theatre critic for the Evening Standard.
 
Published November 5, 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 401 pages
Genres: Cooking, History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Travel, Parenting & Relationships.
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Reviewed by Robert McCrum on Jan 27 2013

Reconciling a long history of disruptive, sometimes thrilling...will always be problematic for the historian. Hitchings has made a bold, entertaining, and often imaginative, assault on a fundamentally impossible subject.

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Reviewed by Ian Sansom on Jan 16 2013

...is clearly nothing counterfeit about any of Hitchings's research. If anything, it's a kind of restless, wandering, burrowing through history and ideas that results not so much in an argument as in a demonstration of its own endless curiosity.

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