How to Drive a Tank ... and Other Everyday Tips for the Modern Gentleman by Frank Coles Abacus, HK$153 How to Drive a Tank ... and Other Everyday Tips for the Modern Gentleman is a good Christmas-stocking filler for a male friend, partner or husband for several reasons: including that enough of it is potentially helpful; and that women can always borrow it for the chapters that aren't limited in their usefulness because of gender (how to shave your face, for example). Written, of course, with tongue firmly in cheek, the book includes advice on such subjects as: how to survive in the wild; and how to do the handbrake turn. Then there are sections of general interest, albeit of questionable relevance: how to disappear without a trace; pick locks; hotwire cars; and get a gun in any city in the world pronto. The content is, Frank Coles writes: 'the kind of thing our fathers and teachers would have liked to tell us and the kind of thing we wish we could do as fathers and friends ourselves.' Much of the book should have been expunged by its editors because of suitability, such as how to learn a foreign language and dealing with depression. That said, the book will allow readers to show off in colourful ways at dinner parties.