Grandmother knows best

07 April 2015

By Pan Macmillan

Grandmothers are wise and kind and always see the best in you. Don't they? That's what down on her luck Jess Beam is hoping for when she seeks the help of her long-lost grandmother in Kirsty Greenwood's hilarious new book The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance.

But things aren't going well for Matilda Beam either. Her 1950s Good Woman guide books are out of print and her mortgage repayments are staggering. Not to mention the fact that her granddaughter wears a neon Wonderbra.  When a lifeline from a London publisher arrives, Jess and Matilda must work together, in an attempt to turn rebellious, modern Jess into a demure vintage lady.

Inspired by Matilda Beam's tips, we wanted to know the best advice passed down from your grandmothers! We were overwhelmed with your responses, from the well-meaning and sweet to the downright bizarre. Thanks to all who entered - here are a selection of our favourites!

1. If you can't be nice don't be nasty - Lynn Quinn, Facebook

2. Look after the pennies and pounds will look after themselves - @fionamsharp

3. Never go to bed angry - Stacey Greenlees, Facebook

4. Remember, you're no better than anyone else and no-one is better than you. - Elaine Jackson, Facebook

5. Always carry a book with you wherever you go - @Clair_louise80

6. Mind your manners - @bexstarrh

7. Enjoy every day because as you get older, each day goes by too quickly. - Ann Mills, Facebook

8. Always try to see the best in people - @thebookishuni

9. Never leave the house without clean underwear in case you get hit by a bus - Elaine Routledge, Facebook

10. It doesn't matter where you go in the world, if you are doing something you shouldn't be doing, there will be someone's there who knows your Granny! - Diane Anderson, Facebook

11. Never lick your knife - @Lindahill50Hill

12. Ice cream makes you thirsty - @CarolineJHogg

13. If you meet your future hubby in a pub, don't expect to keep him out of it after you marry. -Pearl White, Facebook

14. Live a life that you're proud of - @Geordie_Aimee 

15. Whatever happens, be courageous - @ScintillatingSZ

16. A nice cup of tea and a bit of bread and butter will fix you right up. - Audrey Pedersen, Facebook

Share your granny's best advice with us @panmacmillan using #vintageguide

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