The Butler Speaks: A Return to Proper Etiquette, Stylish Entertaining, and the Art of Good Housekeeping

The Butler Speaks: A Return to Proper Etiquette, Stylish Entertaining, and the Art of Good Housekeeping

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by Charles MacPherson
     
 

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Revised and updated paperback edition of the national bestseller and "definitive guide to the art of living well" (Charlotte Empey, editor-in-chief of Metro), including a new foreword by Debbie Travis and updated sections on business etiquette and everyday entertaining.

Widely considered a world expert in butlering, Charles MacPherson lays out

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Revised and updated paperback edition of the national bestseller and "definitive guide to the art of living well" (Charlotte Empey, editor-in-chief of Metro), including a new foreword by Debbie Travis and updated sections on business etiquette and everyday entertaining.

Widely considered a world expert in butlering, Charles MacPherson lays out the essentials of household management in this wonderfully illustrated style, entertainment and etiquette guide. For anyone who rents or owns—be it a small urban condo or a lavish country estate—The Butler Speaks has everything you need to simplify, organize and care for your home.
     Charles the Butler believes that entertaining guests and managing your home should be easy, unstuffy and stress-free. In this comprehensive volume, Charles shares modern etiquette and style tips, all geared to making you more comfortable in social situations both within the home and the workplace. He covers a wide range of topics, from cooking and cleaning, to manners, menus and text messaging etiquette. You will learn how to properly present a business card, make polite dinner conversation, create a perfect cheese plate, set a table and pull off a flawless party—all with the flair, charm and unpretentious grace of a butler. And for fans of Downton Abbey and anyone curious about the history of the service industry, Charles also offers a glimpse into the manor homes of yesteryear, revealing what life was like for the privileged "upstairs" class and for the servants working downstairs.
     No matter what size home you have, The Butler Speaks is a simple and essential guide to living tastefully and gracefully.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This definitive work fairly oozes the polish and poise of proper butlering, etiquette and household management. MacPherson (founder of Charles MacPherson Associates), neatly lays out the fundamentals of his business into five sections. Part one covers the oddly fascinating history of the service industry, including tidbits such as a footmen's typical pay scale—based on height and good looks, not competence. Part two sets the etiquette standards with butlering how-tos and dos and don'ts. This is the part that will turn your brewed tea into an art form and your introductions into a statement about your pedigree, real or not. Part three is all about throwing the ultimate shebang, complete with the requisite cutlery, dishes, and glasses. Illustrations ensure you never use a three-tined dessert fork for your salad again. Mothers will appreciate part four, in which MacPherson exhorts readers not to put their elbows on the table, among other rules of table manners. A yearly cleaning calendar is just one aspect of the art of housekeeping discussed in part five. With wit and panache, MacPherson jams in reams of tips that will have you cultured in no time. Agent: Dan Mozersky. U.S and Canadian distribution: Random House. (Apr.)
From the Publisher
Praise for The Butler Speaks:
 • "This book covers everything you never paid attention to while living at home: stylish entertaining, etiquette and the art of good housekeeping. Read this book and you will become the chicest domestic expert around." —Metro
 • "One of my favourite guests, Charles the Butler gives great advice on managing your life, loving laundry and pursuing good manners." —Marilyn Denis, host of The Marilyn Denis Show
 • "This definitive work fairly oozes the polish and poise of proper butlering, etiquette and household management. . . . With wit and panache, MacPherson jams in reams of tips that will have you cultured in no time." —Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780449015919
Publisher:
Appetite by Random House
Publication date:
04/23/2013
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
477,715
Product dimensions:
7.36(w) x 9.14(h) x 1.14(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“All warmth and charm, Charles takes the stuffiness out of butlering. When Charles the Butler speaks, I listen! He presents the ‘old school’ lessons of etiquette, entertaining and housekeeping in a way that everyone can learn. I am proud he is a Master Trainer at my school.”
—Pamela Eyring, President of The Protocol School of Washington

“One of my favourite guests, Charles the Butler gives great advice on managing your life, loving laundry and pursuing good manners.”
—Marilyn Denis, host of The Marilyn Denis Show

“Charles has been my go-to resource for nearly a decade now. His expertise, elegance, and thoughtful tips are an unbeatable combination. I am thrilled that he is sharing his in-depth knowledge with the public in this handy resource."
—Benjamen Douglas, Former Household Manager to Morgan Freeman and Myrna Colley-Lee

Meet the Author

A world authority in household management and butlering, CHARLES MacPHERSON has over twenty-six years of experience as the major domo for one of Canada's most prominent families. In 2009, he opened North America's only registered school for butlers and household managers. The author lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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The Butler Speaks: A Return to Proper Etiquette, Stylish Entertaining, and the Art of Good Housekeeping 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought this book for my Nook but had to order the book itself upon completion. This book has ideas which anyone can use irregardless of their income or where they live. It's indexed for quick use & easy to understand. Illustrations are easy to follow; especially on folding bedded sheets. From cleaning to clothes care to entertaining to good housekeeping this book has it. Truly three books in one. HIGHLY recommended.