But for times when you can't just ring your mum, a new book is here to help. The author, Natalie Reilly has collected together all the motherly wisdom you could ever need to help you navigate life's trickiest dilemmas, including how to survive a Christmas party without being stuck with Simon from accounts.
HOW TO ESCAPE A BORING PERSON AT A PARTY
Not unlike a leech, a dull party guest can stealthily creep up on you, casually attach themselves and suck the very life out of you.
If it's a quiet, shy type you can't shake, the first thing you can do is ask plenty of questions. This will do one of two things: they'll respond with interesting answers and thereby solve your problem, or they'll find your interrogation technique overwhelming and make a speedy exit.
Do not hesitate to draw another person into this conversation either. For example, "It's so weird that you say that, because my friend Gail loves early-90s pub-rock bands as well! Gail? Did you hear that?"
But if it's a guest given to soliloquies and they simply won't be interrupted, then the only thing to do is gulp down your drink (make sure you always have one) and, as soon as they draw breath, let them know that you simply must get another.
If they insist on following you to the bar, tell them you desperately need to empty your bladder. If you have to act as if you are pulling down your pants to achieve this, by all means do so. It's just the sort of mildly antisocial act that's bound to send anyone running scared. Mission accomplished.
What Your Mother Should've Told You… and Nobody Else Will. The Essential Guide to Modern Life by Natalie Reilly. Published by The Robson Press. Priced £8.99
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