“A charming, dry-martini of a novel”

That’s what author David Nicholls calls the loveable book I am currently reading.

I am only a quarter of the way into Rules of Civility and already, it is one of those books I do not want to end.

It is an escapist story full of 1930s New York City, fancy cocktails and jazz nightclubs, charming gentlemen and slightly-naughty, upwardly-mobile ladies, with a main character you cannot help but fall for, a la Holly Golightly. (If you have not yet read Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s…pick that up next…yes, even if you have seen the movie.) 

Viv Groskop’s review of the novel in the Guardian pretty much sums it all up, including a mention of how great the author’s name is. The book will easily translate to the screen – which is clear as you read it – however sometimes such books are a simple pleasure to read.


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