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Behaving Ourselves

David Mitchell on Manners
Narrated by: David Mitchell
Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
Categories: Radio & TV, Documentaries
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David Mitchell sets out on a vigorous but impeccably polite investigation into the confusing world of manners. Are they really in decline, as many would have us believe? Or are we just throwing off the shackles of the Victorian obsession with etiquette? 

Over the course of the series, David eats his lunchtime sandwiches with children in a primary school and later goes to a street market to see manners - good and bad - in action. He explores where our manners come from with Professor Steven Pinker from Harvard University and the author Henry Hitchings. What do we mean by 'civility' and 'good manners' in public places? Why are people still pinching vicars' bottoms, and what can the state do to improve standards of public behaviour? And, David asks, how is the digital age changing our sense of public space?

Produced by Chris Ledgard.

©2018 David Mitchell (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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  • K. Traylor
  • 06-13-19

Cheers Dave...

I’m so sorry about the headline. It seemed funny at the time but now I feel like a moron. I have the same misgivings about greeting people and what etiquette to adopt and just feel awkward. I do emphasise on this.
The book doesn’t help me with this problem, but now I know it’s not just me. So, thank you DAVID

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  • Mrs V A H
  • 01-14-19

present ďaý values

love the Mitchell's so thoroughly enjoyed ĺistening to him reading this book. lovely voice and well educated reasoning and discussions.