Review: 488 Rules for Life by Kitty Flanagan


Title: 488 Rules For Life

Author: Kitty Flanagan

Published: October 1st 2019, Allen & Unwin

Status: Read October 2019, courtesy Allen & Unwin


My Thoughts:

Kitty Flanagan is a popular Australian comedienne, performer and writer who regularly appears on stage and screen. 488 Rules for Life is her tongue in cheek guide to modern etiquette, a list of rules that guarantees the world would be a better place, if only everyone would follow them.

Rule #19 – Flush. Pause. Check

Rule #26 – Cushions are not spiritual advisers

Rule #164 – Don’t serve food on planks, tiles, slabs of granite or any other building materials

Rule #222 – Gender-reveal parties are not a thing

Rule #447 – Lower your expectations, that way you will never be disappointed

And if there are any rules you don’t agree with, refer to Rule #1 – If you don’t agree with the rule, forget about it and move on.

Truthfully there are only 447 rules, so Kitty thoughtfully leaves room for you to list your own like…

#448 – Applaud performers if you’ve watched them perform, even when they are mediocre at best

#449 – Return your damn shopping trolley to the corral

#450 – Stand to one side while waiting for the lift/elevator to open, not directly in front of the doors

An amusing, easy read, sure to elicit at least the occasional nod of agreement, and likely more than one outburst of laughter, I enjoyed Kitty Flanagan’s 488 Rules for Life.


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Also by Kitty Flanagan reviewed at Book’d Out 

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kathryn
    Oct 03, 2019 @ 04:34:41

    Sounds fun. Made me smile.

    Liked by 1 person


  2. Helen Murdoch
    Oct 03, 2019 @ 04:41:44

    The video definitely made me smile 🙂

    Liked by 1 person


  3. Susan
    Oct 04, 2019 @ 06:50:23

    This sounds like a great coffee table book!



  4. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
    Oct 04, 2019 @ 07:36:53

    How funny! Loved the video for this book!!

    Liked by 1 person


  5. Beth F
    Oct 05, 2019 @ 00:41:28

    Sounds super fun!

    Liked by 1 person


  6. Kate W
    Oct 06, 2019 @ 23:06:56

    I heard her interviewed about the book. She said “Three sniffs, you need a tissue” – made me laugh out loud because yes, yes, yes. I like the ones you’ve mentioned.

    Liked by 1 person


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