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The Butler Speaks

Charles MacPherson lays out the principles of dining etiquette in his reference book The Butler Speaks.

Charles MacPherson

Charles the Butler believes that entertaining guests and managing your home should be easy, unstuffy and stress-free. In this comprehensive volume, Charles shares modern etiquette and style tips, all geared to making you more comfortable in social situations both within the home and the workplace. He covers a wide range of topics, from cooking and cleaning, to manners, menus and text messaging etiquette. You will learn how to properly present a business card, make polite dinner conversation, create a perfect cheese plate, set a table and pull off a flawless party — all with the flair, charm and unpretentious grace of a butler. And for fans of Downton Abbey and anyone curious about the history of the service industry, Charles also offers a glimpse into the manor homes of yesteryear, revealing what life was like for the privileged "upstairs" class and for the servants working downstairs.  

No matter what size home you have, The Butler Speaks is a simple and essential guide to living tastefully and gracefully.

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Columnist Brian Francis on the advice given in The Butler Speaks by Charles MacPherson, How Rude by Alex J. Packer, and A Handbook on Good Manners for Children by Erasmus. 12:59

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