The Financial Times agony uncle answers all the questions about society you never knew you needed to ask
The twenty-first century is an age of innumerable social conundrums. What is the correct way to deal with dinner guests who check their emails throughout the meal? Can shorts and sandals ever be acceptable attire for a gentleman? And just what is the correct etiquette if you find yourself sitting next to Julia Roberts on a plane?
In Rules for Modern Life, Sir David Tang offers a satirical masterclass in navigating the social niceties of modern life. Whether you're unsure of the correct footwear for shooting or how to look professional in a bath towel, debating the etiquette of doggy bags or dealing with social climbers, Sir David has the answer to all your social anxieties - and more besides.
Sir David Tang is a businessman and entrepreneur, best known as the founder of China Tang and iCorrect, as well as the luxury clothing brand Shanghai Tang. He is also the resident 'agony uncle' at the Financial Times, answering readers' questions about property, interiors, architecture and gardens - although he often strays beyond his remit to debate concerns about everything from etiquette to grammar. He has homes principally in Hong Kong, mainland China, London and Essex.
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The twenty-first century is an age of innumerable social conundrums. Around every corner lies a potential faux pas waiting to happen. But if you've ever struggled for the right response to an unwelcome gift or floundered for conversation at the dinner party from hell, fear not: help is at hand.
In Rules for Modern Life, Sir David Tang, resident agony uncle at the Financial Times, delivers a satirical masterclass in navigating the social niceties of modern life. Whether you're unsure of the etiquette of doggy bags or wondering whether a massage room in your second home would be de trop, Sir David has the answer to all your social anxieties - and much more besides.