The Debrett's New Guide to Etiquette and Modern Manners cuts through the confusion to combine the very best of traditional standards of conduct with acceptable modern innovations. Packed with no-nonsense step-by-step advice, it covers everything from basic table manners to how to equip yourself at the grandest royal and diplomatic gatherings. Written with clarity and wit, this book celebrates the charm, beauty, and fascination of classic good manners, and their enduring role in a civilized society.
John Morgan was senior editorial contributor at Conde Nast, and was the Associate Editor of GQ (Europe). As one of the UK's best-known writers on style, he wrote the weekly "Morgan's Modern Manners" for the Saturday Times, and was a frequent broadcaster and commentator on matters of taste, correct form, and dress. John Morgan also wrote feature for The Tatler, The Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Times, The Guardian, and several Conde Nast publications.
Debrett's Peerage Ltd. was founded in 1769 during the reign of King George III. Debrett is traditionally best known for its Peerage and Baronetage, the book which officially lists all the British families' official titles (over 32,000 people). You cannot be a member of The House of Lords, without first appearing in Debrett's. Debrett's is the ultimate standard for propriety and manners.
The rules were simpler in bygone days, but technological changes have caused seismic shifts to the cultural landscape of 21st century. Do the rules of common courtesy still apply?
Social media and smart phones have shaped communication in unprecedented ways, and increased connection has created a global melting pot. Social norms that were once understood now feel uncertain. How should a sophisticated man conduct himself in the diverse environments he may encounter? How to Be a Gentleman is an indispensable guide for men of all ages who aspire to become gentlemen, including tips and guidelines such as:How to respond to those with whom you disagreeWhen and where it is appropriate to use your cellphoneHow to dress for various formal eventsRules for conducting yourself at the gymHow to engage respectfully with different cultural and religious contexts