The Chap Manifesto: Revolutionary Etiquette for the Modern Gentleman

By Gustav Temple and Vic Darkwood

The Gentlemen is an endangered species, his natual habitats of the club, the barbers, and the smoker’s paradise corner shop increasingly rare. This, then, is the manifesto for the survival of a quintessentially English species: The Chap.

Including a celebration of the epitomes of the chap – from Montesquiou to Terry-Thomas – and revealing the subtle nuances of a gentleman’s semiotics of smoking and trouser semaphore, ‘The Chap Manifesto’ is a rallying point for the classic bloke beleaguered in postmodern confusion, a cri de coeur from the manly bosom, a hail-well-met to gentlemen of all pinstripes. Being a gentleman is not just about motoring, smoking and gambling, but it’s important to master those basics before moving on consumptive cosmetics and enemas for pleasure. Topped off by the full range of implements required by the anarcho-dandy tool kit, the book – racily illustrated throughout – even contains a little something for the ladies.

In the tradition of Mao’s ‘Red Book’, Marx’s ‘Manifesto for the Communist Party’ the book is a rallying cry: gentlemen of the world unite – you have exquisite manners to maintain!

Format: Hardback
Release Date: 07 Oct 2002
Pages: 144
ISBN: 978-1-84115-657-6
Gustav Temple and Vic Darkwood live in a splendid set of rooms in Pimlico with their eccentric Egyptian factotum, Felicien. Virtually unemployable, Temple and Darkwood while away their days translating the Bhagavad-Gita into instructions for their tailor, and designing labour-saving devices such as the Martinismade and the hands-free snuff box.

”'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 Sacrements Of Grooming' and 'The Way of the Trouser'.” - Sleazenation