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SOCIOLOGY, SOCIAL STUDIES. Every day we use our mobiles and computers to communicate, but ironically we are losing touch with face-to-face talk. Catherine Blyth reveals the endless possibilities of conversation and shows that when it works it can come close to heaven. With examples from Elizabeth I to Tommy Cooper, courtesans to nomads, The Art of Conversation is full of tips on listening, the perfect handshake, talking shop and surviving conversational bores. Be it sharing a joke with a stranger, sparking a new idea or just letting off steam with a friend, there are infinite adventures to be had if you break the ice and say hello.

Title The art of conversation / Catherine Blyth.
Publisher London : John Murray
Creation Date 2009, ©2008
Content Introduction: We need to talk (or for the busy reader, the concise manifesto) -- Hello : on conversation's casting couch -- Small talk, big deal? : on striking up a tune -- Pay heed : on the acrobatics of attention -- The rest is silence : on not speaking -- Fit subjects : on topics in search of good homes -- Into the groove : on steering controls -- Do go on : on wrangling boredom -- Wit to woo : on humour as social engineering -- How to tell a good lie : on the detection of untruths -- Pillow talk : on the languages of love -- The fine art of flattery : on love in measured doses -- Shop talk : on conversation as work -- Choppy waters : on navigating difficult conversation -- Shut-up shop : on how to wage a word war -- Are you receiving me? : on stitching conversation into your life.
Notes Cover subtitle: Or, what to say and when"--Cover.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 294-296).
Format vii, 296 pages
20 cm.
Language English
Identifier ISBN9781848541665
System Number 990040645260205171
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