- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: BBC Pubns (October 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0563369752
- ISBN-13: 978-0563369752
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #437,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Keeping Up Appearances: Hyacinth Bucket's Book of Etiquette for the Socially Less Fortunate Hardcover – October, 1994
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Also, as is the case with the _Yes, Minister_ and Dame Edna tie-in books, a lot of the material has already surfaced in the series. Now, since this material is incredibly funny, it's a joy to have it in the written word. Still, some might feel cheated that the book is more old material than new.
It's also important to point out, I think, that the work is fairly graphic-intensive. There are *lots* of pictures and decorative borders here. These elements obviously cut into the space available for text.
On balance, then, I would very much recommend that you get the paperback version, even if it's a gift purchase. While very funny, the book doesn't warrant the hardbound price.
With this book, Hyacinth responds to questions of etiquette from the "socially less fortunate." Her responses and anecdotes (which often contain snippets of dialogue taken from the scripts) are well-seasoned with her own opinions and thoughts; the result is just hilarious. Hyacinth has even included an index for the reader, which contains gems such as "index finger, correct use of" and "husbands, uses of."
For the person who just can't get enough of that Bucket woman, this lovely 191-page book, which contains an abundance of black & white photos (scenes from the series) is a must-have. A book to be read and re-read, it is every bit as enjoyable as the series upon which it is based. Highly recommended!
This book is very well-written and beautifully-designed and not the rush job a lot of these television related books tend to be. There is even an index of topics in the back. Clive Swift (Richard) even remarked on how impressed he was in the book during the Peppermill interview with Patricia Routledge (available as an extra on the DVD "Living the Hyacinth Life"). A must for any fan and remember "keeping up appearances is not the most important thing in life, it is the only thing."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you love Keeping Up Appearances, you'll love this book!Published 4 months ago by Kelly Stigliano
Loved the show, Love the book!
If you've ever seen the show Keeping Up Appearances, and loved it then this book is for you. Read more
If you're familiar with the show and enjoy it, this gives you Hyacinth's "wisdom" by topic, generally straight from the show.Published 5 months ago by Giles W Riesner Jr
We are a fan of the show. So having this book is a fun treat .Published 7 months ago by ashley kennedy
Laugh out loud funny narrative from a very witty lady as told by an accomplished author.Published 8 months ago by David B.
I wish it had had some more original material. Most of it seems to be taken directly from the dialogue of the show. Still entertaining, though!Published 8 months ago by Ian Hayward-Balash