The Fabulous Girl's Guide to Life Kim Izzo and Ceri Marsh (Corgi $112) Manners maketh the man, but did you know they also make a woman sexy? Or so say Kim Izzo and Ceri Marsh, two Canadian writers who've become pioneers of modern day etiquette for the young woman. Their book - The Fabulous Girl's Guide to Life - follows the exploits of the FG (Fabulous Girl), a working woman up against everything the world can throw at her - from bad hair days to hostile work colleagues, gossip-mongers, friends in trouble and the ups and downs of a relationship with Mr Nice. It's everything you need to know about the dos and don'ts of life and how to come out smelling of roses, even when the worst possible thing hits the fan. This is a survival guide of which Sex in the City's Carrie Bradshaw would approve. It really does cover everything a modern miss could possibly encounter, from how to cope with being caught having sex with a work colleague, to how much toilet tissue to pass under the door to a person in need in the next cubicle, and how to break the news that you have a nasty disease to a new boyfriend. The chapter on sex and courtship includes the etiquette of dealing with the 'booty call' - a man you call up just for sex (remember to ring and say thank you the day after), while the workplace chapter looks at coping with the various characters the FG encounters on a day-to-day basis (the underminer, the taskmaster and the incompetent) and how to get fired gracefully (don't cry, go to the ladies room and pull yourself together). There are also sections on society, money, friendship, family, weddings and divorce and entertaining. This is the second book which Izzo and Marsh have collaborated on (the first being The Fabulous Girl's Guide to Decorum) and it works well, being an entertaining and interesting read. At the end of the day, if you choose not to accept the authors' way of dealing with daily dilemmas, it's still comforting to know that, even in this modern world that's spawned 'lad and ladette' culture, there's still room for a little civility. Verdict: Ab fab!