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Book Review: How To Be A Gentlewoman


How To Be A Gentlewoman by Lotte Jeffs

Page length: 256 pages

Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir, How To

Publication Date: 5 September 20189

Publisher: Cassell Illustrated

Source: ARC via NetGalley

Stars:  5 out of 5



Link: AMAZON (UK)



ABOUT HOW TO BE A GENTLEWOMAN


'Part memoir, part manual - this is the type of book every modern woman can take something from' Grazia

Learn to navigate the harshness of life with soft power. In her debut book, Lotte Jeffs weaves powerful life experience with practical advice and a psychological deep-dive into what truly constitutes an emotionally rich and meaningful existence. She speaks to everyone from agony aunts and archaeologists, to pop stars and novelists, to explore a diverse picture of what it is to truly live life well.

How to be a Gentlewoman will teach you how to slow down, lean out, recognize good relationships and let go of the bad, create a space you love, find your people and construct a happy and 'joined up' sense of yourself.

The gentle antidote to a brutal world.


My Review:


When I first dipped my toe in the corporate world I worked with and was line-managed by some female managers who obviously thought the way to get ahead was by being one of the boys and having the biggest balls. Lotte Jeff's How to be a Gentlewoman offers the other side of that coin, another way (a better way!) to navigate being a woman at work (and at home, and EVERYWHERE!).


The blurb says it all.


How to be a Gentlewoman will teach you how to

slow down,

lean out,

recognize good relationships and

let go of the bad,

create a space you love,

find your people and

construct a happy and 'joined up' sense of yourself.


I really enjoyed this book and not only was entertained but made a promise to myself to slow down, something I found impossible to contemplate! Even now it's gone 10pm at night and I'm writing this review.

A refreshing and insightful read. Entertaining and funny.

Thank you Ms Jeffs!



VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.


Thank you so much the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a complimentary electronic copy in return for an honest review. 


PS - This book has developed from Ms Jeff's writing in magazines* and media. It makes me sad about the future of magazine publishing, and the loss of a crucial sector within the media industry and the loss of future female musings.


*Biog taken from Amazon:

In 2016 Lotte Jeffs won ‘Writer of The Year’ at the Press and Publishing Association Awards. The following year she was shortlisted for ‘Columnist of the Year’ for her ELLE magazine column, Lotte’s Lexicon. She has been a features writer and columnist for the past 15 years, writing for the Guardian, the Saturday Times, the Sunday Times, the Evening Standard, YOU magazine and ELLE. Lotte has enjoyed a successful career on staff at magazines most recently as Deputy Editor and Acting Editor in Chief of ELLE. She has appeared on TV and radio and regularly hosts and participates in industry panel discussions.

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