Simon is a self-proclaimed middle class busybody who is campaigning for a new approach towards manners. The old rules of etiquette just don't work anymore - we've outgrown them. What's needed is to reclaim some of the old conventions and invent some new ones to suit our modern social circumstances. Whilst, for example, you might use one to offer birthday wishes, it will never, argues Fanshawe, be appropriate to text a condolence. By taking the format of the very first rulebook on manners ever written - De Civilitate Morum Puerilum by Erasmus - he will use the approach to form this wholly modern book about manners and etiquette. He will include many fascinating insights into the history and evolution of manners and etiquette - not only why we pass the port to the left, but why on earth we did so in the first place - and will stamp on his campaigning message - that respect and ease are the key to new, revised, twentieth century manners.