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Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780719566691

Price: £12.99

ON SALE: 2nd October 2008

Genre: Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure

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Packed full of golden rules from one of Britain’s most stylish women, Things I Wish My Mother Had Told Me is a woman’s companion for life. Lucia van der Post reveals the secrets of dressing stylishly with advice on everything from how to organise your wardrobe, what to wear to travel and where to buy delicious underwear, great cashmere and sassy skirts. Practical health and beauty tips will help you to choose a sophisticated scent, get fitter and decide whether cosmetic surgery is for you.

Once you’ve mastered looking fantastic, learn how to add some elegance to other areas of your life. Discover great shortcuts to entertaining your guests as well as suggestions, from designers around the world, on how to make your home match the elegant new you.

With advice on relationships, motherhood and how to juggle work, love and children, this is the essential handbook for women of all ages. Whether you are just starting out in life or want to age gracefully and make 60 the new 40, let Lucia van der Post guide you towards a new life and a new you with a touch of style.


'The fairy godmother doling out advice is the eminently stylish Lucia van der Post, who manages never to patronise her reader or - as other guides do - write as though she has been lobotomised . . . Her tips on simple but treacherously difficult things like how best to wear black are vital reading'
'Poised, elegant and idiosyncratic, Lucia is the grande dame of style . . . Good advice was never so glam'
'Finishing school in a book'
Daily Mail/ Weekend
'This fantastic style companion reveals the secrets of achieving an uber-glam woman-of-the-world lifestyle . . . This book could change your life for the better. Even your mother would approve'
Now Magazine
'Winsome tome packed with shrewd fashion advice . . . it's a big cut above all the other fashiony "how-tos". No "how to face the paparazzi" rubbish here, just common sense, and a dash of glamour'
Sunday Times/ Style
'Packed with golden rules from style queen Lucia'
'A compendium of wardrobe, cosmetic and all-round advice from The Times style writer'
'Every inch as gorgeous as a book on style should be'
'Lucia Van der Post's finishing school manual for the 21st-century is the most pleasurable, at once insightful guide and a delightful fantasy'
Evening Standard
'A mother, grandmother and respected journalist, she gets her priorities right - be charming, don't take offence and spend less time tidying and more time reading. Enchanting'
London Lite
'Supremely elegant guide ... a compendium of useful information applicable to every conceivable situation ... a delightfully eclectic book, it's destined to be a lifelong companion'
Good Book Guide
'Anyone searching for a style companion to steer them through the maze of modern-day etiquette and gracious living will find it here.'
Good Book Guide