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The A to Z of Modern Manners: A Guide to Behaving Well

David Meagher



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28 November 2016
Reference; Parties, etiquette & entertaining
Some clear guidelines to navigate a rapidly changing world.

Why has 'Mr Manners', David Meagher, decided to write another book on the subject? He abhors crude and crass behaviour, yet found himself getting mad at others and teetering on the edge of becoming one of the ill-mannered people he so despised. So, instead of getting angry all the time - and risking becoming known as that crazy guy who yells out his car window at people - he decided the time was right to get back into the manners business.

The A to Z of Modern Manners looks at the new forces shaping the way we live, as well as some old ones, and suggests the best ways to behave. It's not about pointing the finger at people and calling out bad behaviour (okay, there's a bit of that but he hasn't named anyone); it's about using common sense and thinking about how your actions might make other people feel in that situation.

There is no right or wrong way to walk and text simultaneously. There is, however, a way to do it that will cause the least inconvenience for everyone else using the footpath. You can work out what form that takes by having a little empathy for your fellow humans. That's just good manners.
By:   David Meagher
Imprint:   Vintage
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 209mm,  Width: 136mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   302g
ISBN:   9780857983671
ISBN 10:   0857983679
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   28 November 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

David Meagher is the editor of WISH Magazine, the executive lifestyle magazine of The Australian. It is the glossy, fancy publication that falls out of The Australian one Friday each month. He also works across their other magazine publications. In other incarnations he has been fashion editor at the fancy AFR magazine and a writer across the paper as well as working in PR and he has a PhD in cultural studies. For a while he wrote a monthly column for AFR BOSS magazine on etiquette issues related to business dealings, from the manner in which you exchange business cards with Japanese executives to the Windsor double knot. Related to that column, in 2005 we wrote a book for us titled It's Not Etiquette: a guide to modern manners. It was a combination of history and advice. The Weekend Australian has asked him to now write a similar kind of column. I have attached a couple of them for your reference.

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