What girls really need to know

PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 December, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 19 December, 2011, 12:00am


How to Walk in High Heels
Camilla Morton
Published by Hodder & Stoughton ISBN 978-0340836057

Both make-up and high heels are important rites of passage for girls. Unfortunately, not all of us were born with the grace to walk naturally in stilettos - but our 'saviour' Camilla Morton has written a how-to guide on almost everything girls need to know.

Morton's tone makes her seem like a genuine friend, not a dull, middle-aged woman telling you how to dress. Her descriptions make you laugh ... and cringe. After all, I'm sure we don't need a two-page how-to guide on using a bathroom at a concert venue. Despite some predictable advice, she has useful information on personal care, formal occasions, travel and housework.

The book may not 'teach' you a lot, but it does clarify some things, like the differences between an eau de parfum and eau de toilette. The only downside is an outdated chapter on technology - most of us know the basic difference between a Mac and a PC.

Also, Morton doesn't go in-depth enough. All you're left with sometimes is a feeling of confusion and 'tell me something I don't know'. But her sense of humour provides entertainment value and redeems the book.

I'd write more - but I'm set to get my first pair of heels. Without Morton's guide, I'd never know the difference between kitten heels, spool heels and wedges.