Andrew Barrow

Absolutely Confabulous

The Art of Conversation

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John Murray 304pp £12.99 order from our bookshop

A good conversation can come close to heaven, turn a stranger into a friend, save lives and marriages, engender reason and bring out the best in everyone. The oldest and most captivating of all the arts, the ability to talk, listen, enthral, be enthralled, find common ground or in other words ‘click’ with someone, nevertheless remains a rare skill.

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