Form Guide

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HarperCollins Australia, Apr 1, 2011 - Fiction - 240 pages
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For a decade, James Valentine has conducted a weekly forum on his radio program called the Form Guide. People call in seeking advice on sticky social problems. they present their dilemma and then other people start calling in with solutions. Now all this invaluable advice is in book form! the Form Guide engages with such critical issues as: When you take a bottle of Champagne to a dinner party, should the host serve it or can they keep it? Or, what do you do when your neighbour's dog uses your lawn to do its business? And how do you approach your workmate about his appalling flatulence? there is nothing here about curtseying to the Queen, seating people at weddings, or how to organise a debutante ball. there is, however, advice on public flossing, plumbers using a toilet they've been fixing, and the appropriateness of G-string twanging. the Form Guide's about us. It's about you. It's a hilarious but helpful book about all those important little social things that can send us right up the wall.
 

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User Review  - seldombites - LibraryThing

The style was a little bit perturbing at first, but I soon got used to it. This book actually consists of snippets from the author's radio program. Listeners call in with a social dilemma, and other ... Read full review

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User Review  - woosang - LibraryThing

A funny book of exerpts from James Valetine's Radio program where people ring in with a problem and others give their opinion of the etiquette of how to deal with it. The majority is how it is all descided. Great read and in some respects surprising. Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER ONE
CHAPTER TWO
CHAPTER THREE
CHAPTER FOUR
CHAPTER FIVE
CHAPTER SIX
CHAPTER SEVEN
CHAPTER TEN
CHAPTER ELEVEN
CHAPTER TWELVE
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
COPYRIGHT

CHAPTER EIGHT
CHAPTER NINE

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James Valentine is the afternoon presenter on Sydney's ABC 702. His media career began with ABC Television where he presented The Afternoon Show, a daily program for children. He then worked for Good Morning Australia, before becoming host and writer of TVTV, a show which reviewed television. James writes and performs satirical radio comedy for 'Humour Australia' which is heard across the country on ABC Radio. He has written for Rolling Stone,Vogue and Cleo. He was a music reviewer for the Australian and has written feature and opinion pieces for the Sydney Morning Herald. He is also the presenter/producer of 'The Screening Room', a weekly program on contemporary cinema seen each Saturday Night on Showtime. He also has published three JumpMan novels for children.

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