Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Katie Kontent is witty, practical and gets more than she bargains for as she journeys from a secretarial pool to the upper echelons of 1938 New York society. George Washington’s “Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour…” hover in the background of the novel … (my favourite rule? “While in the presence of others sing not to yourself with a humming noise, nor drum with your fingers or feet”). I loved this book.