Have you ever queued, exasperated by the repeated cry of 'next' and asked the man in front, 'Are you Deaf?' only to discover that he is? Who hasn't tried to slip under the covers before the lover of their dreams discovers they're wearing chewing-gum grey pants? Wouldn't it be great to have clear precise instructions for all those things you normally mess up? Here for the first time in a perfectly portable paperback, are the essential rules for handling life's unavoidable little problems - handy practical tips such as:
- What to do when you discover the man you beeped, flashed and swore at for driving too slowly is your girlfriend's father who you'll meet for the first time that night.
- How to convince your friends that shoes with loo-paper attached to them are now a cutting-edge fashion statement.
- How to argue, persuasively, that George Eliot is in fact a man.
- What to do with your arm when you've failed to hail a taxi
- How to share a romantic bath while avoiding the taps
- How to give clear directions to a place you've never heard of
- The politest place to look in a full-length mirror
Guy Browning ensures that you will never again have to stare long and hard at the floor when you realize that the person you're waving at isn't someone you know . This is an invaluable guide to surviving such toe-curling moments. The bestselling Never Push When It Says Pull will help eliminate minor social embarrassment, ease social intercourse and prevent night sweats.
Guy Browning writes the 'How to.' and 'Office Politics' columns in the Guardian 'Weekend' magazine. He is also a business consultant specialising in creativity. He lives in Oxfordshire.