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Mind Your Manners

A Guide to Good Behaviour

By: Robert O’Byrne

Publication Date: November 2004

(2 customer reviews)


It’s the thought that counts. So, while society has changed, the need for thoughtfulness, courtesy and good manners has not. What is the etiquette for internet use, emails and mobile phone calls? How does one handle the delicate politics of flat-sharing? What are the rules for meeting through a dating agency? Mind Your Manners provides effective answers to these and many more dilemmas of modern decorum.

Covering all situations – weddings, work, throwing a party, visits to a restaurant or theatre, driving – Robert O’Byrne gives witty and urbane advice on how best to behave with style in the twenty-first century in Mind Your Manners. Here are practical tips for getting though Christmas with a smile on your face; being a good host ( how do you introduce Susan self-Effacing to Aileen Assured?); and dealing with a funeral (not a good time to network).

Combing humorous but indispensable advice with hilarious cartoons from Merrily Harper, correct conduct has never been easier.

‘I laughed my way through the book.’  Customer review

‘Hidden gem. Robert, the author of another excellent little book “The Perfectly Dressed Gentleman” does not disappoint.’ Customer review


Robert O’Byrne is a writer and lecturer specializing in the fine and decorative arts and author of more than a dozen books, among them The Last Knight: A Tribute to Desmond FitzGerald, 29th Knight of Glin (2013), Luggala Days: The Story of a Guinness House (2012), Desmond Leslie 1921-2001 (2010), Romantic Irish Homes (2009) and Hugh Lane 1875-1915 (2000). He writes a monthly column for Apollo magazine and contributes to the Burlington Magazine and the Irish Arts Review. Since 2012 he has written an award-winning blog, The Irish Aesthete.

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2 reviews for Mind Your Manners

  1. Lilliput Press

    “Hidden gem. Robert, the author of another excellent little book “The Perfectly Dressed Gentleman” does not disappoint.
    I especially liked the sections on hosting a party or on being a guest at one. Also the book contains some great general life advice on things like morality and honesty.” Andriy Drozdyuk

  2. Lilliput Press

    “I was looking for something more up-to-date but just as detailed and positive as the good old Emily Post volume 🙂 I’ve checked quite a few titles before buying this book and am very happy with my choice. First, Mr. O’Byrne doesn’t shy away from topics that would send any Emily Post’s reader into a coma 🙂 like how to confront a social bully or communicate with your ex. The author seems to have identified real problems that real people have issues with these days – not the notorious “which knife do I use?” dilemma. Secondly, it’s his humor. I laughed my way through the book. And thirdly, the book is extremely positive and friendly in tone. I would definitely recommend it to everyone looking for a manual on today’s manners.” KAYLEIGH

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Weight 0.5 kg
Dimensions 200 × 130 mm
Publication Date

November 2004


Paperback, 240pp