The Tricky Art of Co-Existing: How to Behave Decently No Matter What Life Throws Your Way

Sandi Toksvig (Author)
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Publish Date
June 02, 2015
5.4 X 0.9 X 8.1 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

Sandi Toksvig's theater credits include seasons with the New Shakespeare Company at Regents Park. Her TV credits include various news shows, and she is now the host of The News Quiz in London. The author of thirteen books for children and adults, including Hitler's Canary, Sandi has regular columns in the Sunday Telegraph and Good Housekeeping.


"[Toksvig's] advice is sound and should save many, not least young Mary, from unintentional etiquette gaffes in the future."--Publishers Weekly

"Sandi Toksvig is the agony aunt you never knew you needed. . . . Instead of some prissy, preachy list of rules, [she] backs up her suggestions on etiquette with occasionally obscure and often hilarious facts."--Bust

"This clever book of etiquette is not concerned with how one should address an archbishop but is rather a smart guide to day-to-day existence, especially for young people. Toksvig's skillful turns of phrase make the work entertaining as well as useful. . . . Sensible and extremely amusing, this engaging book is recommended."--Library Journal, starred review

"Do we really need another book about manners? Yes! Especially when the writing is wonderfully funny and the content is so extremely useful. Just by reading the title--The Tricky Art of Co-Existing: How to Behave Decently No Matter What Life Throws Your Way--we know we're in the hands of an author who possesses the magic touch of turning platitudes into golden prose."--Book Page

"Sandi Toksvig's book is both educational and entertaining. It's a user-friendly approach to living, working and getting along in today's challenging business and social arenas. The Tricky Art of Co-Existing is a must-have!"
--Dorothea Johnson, founder of The Protocol School of Washington and co-author, with Liv Tyler, of Modern Manners

"An entertaining guide to navigating life's delicate moments that is as enjoyable as it is practical. No-nonsense advice shot through with quirky tales from history, eye-opening word origins, and the often humorous dictates of etiquette-makers going back centuries--Dame Sandy Toksvig brings it all together with enough zing and zest to flavor a spicy curry. A wonderful, witty delight. Rarely have I enjoyed being told what to do and how to behave so darn much!"
--Rick Beyer, author of The Greatest Stories Never Told

"In The Tricky Art of Co-Existing, Sandi Toksvig navigates life's little dilemmas with wit and not-so-common sense. You'll learn the strange history of common courtesy and the one true secret of social success: how to not drive everyone around you crazy."
--William Poundstone, author of Rock Breaks Scissors: A Practical Guide to Outguessing and Outwitting Almost Everybody

"A delightfully written, comprehensive guide full of fascinating historical tidbits. Every grad should get a copy!"
--Lynette Padwa, author of Everything You Pretend to Know And Are Afraid Someone Will Ask

"Sandi Toksvig proves that a guide to manners doesn't have to be mannered. Finally we have an Emily Post for the 21st century."
--Bill Walsh, author of Lapsing Into a Comma, The Elephants of Style, and Yes, I Could Care Less

"The most unpretentious, sensible and genuinely helpful etiquette book I've ever read--and by far the funniest."
--Kate Fox, author of Watching the English

"An entertaining guide to modern manners, which also uncovers some fascinating details about how our manners have changed through time."
--The Bookseller

"The tone is chatty and there are plenty of etiquette-related nuggets here to enhance a reader's own conversational repertoire."
--The Spectator

"Eats, Shoots and Leaves for modern manners"
--The Sunday Times

"Sandi Toksvig makes Stephen Fry look like a layabout."
--The Guardian

"There are three things you immediately notice about Sandi Toksvig. Her height, her wit and her distinctive voice . . . it's rip-roaring stuff, and it translates to the page, too."
--Independent on Sunday