Take a voyage into the mysterious world of English manners at the next Literati event at Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel, on Thursday 11 April 2013. Author Henry Hitchings will be presenting his new title 'SORRY! The English & Their Manners.'
A fascinating investigation of English manners, SORRY! is a blend of Henry’s personal observations and fascinating historical research from Medieval times through to the present day.
The venue is the perfect location for this presentation. Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel opened its doors to the public in May 1929 and quickly established itself as the glamorous home of the society set and wealthy Americans, attracting a fashionable crowd from Edward VIII and Mrs. Simpson to Ella Fitzgerald and Jacqueline Onassis.
The book by Henry Hitchings looks at characters such as Henry VIII, Sigmund Freud, Jane Austen and Lord Chesterfield (who popularised the word etiquette), as well as more modern and controversial personalities inlcuding John McEnroe and Vivienne Westwood.
The book is not a guide to how to behave, but rather an examination of behaviour, spiced with anecdotes that Hitchings himself will bring to life on 11 April. This witty and entertaining author's previous works include Dr Johnson’s Dictionary, The Secret Life of Words (for which he won the John Llewllyn Rhys Prize) and The Language Wars.