I read 488 Rules for Life, by Kitty Flanagan, straight after Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments. It definitely gave me the light relief and laugh detox I needed!
I’m a long-time fan of Kitty Flanagan’s and love her brand of dry humour.
488 Rules For Life: The Thankless Art of Being Correct is quite literally that – a series of rules for modern life. It’s basically a funny-because-it’s-(mostly)-true modern etiquette book.
It covers everything from exercise gear (Rule 35: Once you are no longer active, get changed) to email (Rule 323: Don’t have an email address with more than one underscore) to travelling overseas (Rule 412: You are not King Kong, you don’t have to climb on or up everything).
I recommend getting this one for yourself if you need a good old laugh-snort in amongst the modern doom and gloom.
Or, if you’re feeling brave, gift a copy to the biggest etiquette rule-breaker in your life!
Thanks to Allen & Unwin for the advance copy.