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The Chap Almanac: An Esoterick Yearbook for the Decadent Gentleman Hardcover – 7 Oct 2002

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate; First Edition edition (7 Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007146434
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007146437
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14.6 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 390,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for ‘The Chap Manifesto’:

‘It is meant to be a joke but, frankly, makes more sense to us than anything we've chanced across in ages. Inspired.’ Jockey Slut

‘In a world so utterly devoid of spiritual meaning and good manners it can only be a matter of time before millions are clamouring to follow “The Sacraments Of Grooming” and “The Way Of The Trouser”. Alas, so very few are chosen.’ Sleazenation

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Sartorius, Epicurus, Libido… these are the signs of the Chap zodiac. If THE CHAP MANIFESTO was a call to arms – gentlemen of the world unite, you have exquisite manners to maintain! – then THE CHAP ALMANAC is a practical guide on how to uphold these standards through the year. In the tradition of OLD MOORE’S ALMANAC, THE CHAP ALMANAC is packed full of handy hits for Chaps everywhere, from 'Do It Yossouf': 'How to Get your Moroccan Manservant to Do your DIY' to 'How to Keep your Skin Pale' whilst on summer holiday. Each month is accompanied by a Chapist sign of the zodiac including; Libido (February), 'The Fellow who Devotes the Entire Month to Lascivious Pursuits'; and Antiquarius (October), 'The Collector of Dusty Tomes who Settles Down to a Winter of Literary Pursuits'.

Elsewhere, Gustav Temple, Vic Darkwood and their team of writers guide us through the potentially tricky dates of the year, such as March 16th, the anniversary of the first FA Cup Final of 1872, with advice on 'How to Deflect Conversations About Football', as well as dates to take advantage of, including February 29th, 'How to Encourage a Lady to Propose to You During a Leap Year'.

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Format: Hardcover
Funnier even that "The Witch-Cult in Western Europe", this exercise in disgraceful foppery and debonair decadence deserves a place on every gentleman's mantleshelf, next to his opium pipe. It is wise, witty, howlingly funny and the perfect antidote to a journey by Virgin trains.
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Ever since I was handed a copy of this book's predecessor, the Chap Manifesto, by an agent of the CAD (Confederacy of Anarcho-Dandyists, for that is the technical name for these freedom fighters of our times), I and many others have been converted by the dedication, insight and wit of Messrs Temple and Darkwood. Chappism is an idea whose time is coming. We shall rise up (not too early in the morning, mind you) and genteely remove from the streets all those wearing brand labels with clothing attached, those whose ear "phones" issue loud hissings like vipers in our public places and all the other innumerable vile hordes which stalk our nation's beloved paving stones. Then, when the Manifesto's aims are achieved, the triumphant Chaps shall implement this tome throughout society (besides some kind of sadly necessary lumpen officitariat, who shall be kept hidden behind a tasteful velevt curatin of some sort). All shall hail David Niven with the sacraments of snuff, gin & tonic and lapsang souchong.
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For anyone who wants an antidote to today's rudeness, this is the arch guide to gentlemanly living, as regaled with a funny, languid eye.

A lot of this is very inventive and amusing work, and certainly worth your time. Very funny indeed.
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Another jolly slim unbig bookette with jolly unbig font sizes. The chap reading this will find plenty of drollery to pass a rainy afternoon by.
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Amazingly informative book. Truly one of those great hidden gems one finds every decade or so. Roaringly tongue in cheek.
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