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How to be a Lady

Expert advice on manners for aspiring sophisticates

Written by Alexandra Parsons

Published: 10/04/2014

How to be a Lady

  • Hardback
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  • 9781782491156
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  • Apr 2014
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  • 128 pages

About the author

Alexandra Parsons is an author, editor, and perfectly mannered lady. Her father was a captain in the British Army and she attended Cheltenham Ladies College, one of the finest schools in the British Empire, ensuring she grew up with impeccable manners. The author is based in Richmond, London.

There comes a time in every girl’s life where she has to leave behind the follies of youth and embrace adulthood. No longer can you get away with spending a Friday night necking bottles of cheap alcopops on a park bench until dawn, you must instead present a sophisticated, cultivated persona to the world. With so many terrible role models out there (we’re looking at you Z-list celebrities, drunkenly photographed falling out of cabs and straight into the following day’s papers), girls need a firm hand to guide them on the path to civility, and that’s where How to be a Lady comes in. As morals become looser and manners become rarer, Alexandra Parsons attempts to redress the balance and have people behaving in far more appropriate ways. First up is How to Dress, featuring tips on presentability and helpful hints on choosing the right outfit for any social engagement. Next comes How to Behave in Public, explaining how to interact in polite society, whether it’s at a dinner party or a hotel bar. The Ladylike Lifestyle chapter will teach you all you need to know about careers, relationships, and family life. Finally, Speaking and Writing Like a Lady covers elocution, teaching people to pronounce their words properly, think before they speak, and deliver the killer quip.