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Rules of Civility (Paperback)

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'Fabulous' Observer

'Achingly stylish' Guardian

'Irresistible' Daily Telegraph

'Gripping' The Sunday Times





In a jazz bar on the last night of 1937,

watching a quartet because she couldn't afford to see the whole ensemble,

there were certain things Katey Kontent knew:



the location of every old church in Manhattan

how to sneak into the cinema

how to type eighty words a minute, five thousand an hour, and nine million a year

and that if you can still lose yourself in a Dickens novel then everything is going to be fine.



By the end of the year she'd learned:



how to live like a redhead

and insist upon the very best;

that riches can turn to rags in the trip of a heartbeat,

chance encounters can be fated, and the word 'yes' can be a poison.



That's how quickly New York City comes about, like a weathervane, or the head of a cobra. Time tells which.







'A delicious and memorable novel that will leave you wistful - and desperate for a martini.' Stylist



'Elegance and hardship drip off the page' Daily Mail

Fiction & PoetryHistorical FictionFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division Publication Date: 05/01/2012 ISBN-13: 9781444708875  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Amor Towles has written fiction which has appeared in The Paris Review. This is his first novel. He lives in New York.

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Couldn't agree less with other review. Loved this book, deeply moving and very evocative of the style of the era

- 03/12/2013
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Lightweight nonsense that looks to other (better) books and films for its weakly plotted storylines. It lacks substance and style. Try Manhattan Transfer by John Dos Passos, the period is a little earlier but the read is so much more satisfying. I want to give it no stars but can't.

- 15/02/2012
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