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    • ISBN:9781784725686
    • Publication date:06 Sep 2018

GQ How to Win at Life

The expert guide to excelling at everything you do

By Charlie Burton

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  • £14.99

Masterclasses from world authorities on food, style, work, sport, travel and much more...

From the magazine synonymous with looking sharp and living smart comes the definitive handbook of skills for the modern man.

Based on interviews with the world's foremost authorities - including Richard Branson, Jamie Oliver, Tracey Emin, Andy McNab, Tom Daley, Alastair Campbell, Dynamo and many others - step-by-step illustrated guides show you how to win at fashion, sport, food and drink, work, romance, travel and the unexpected.

You will learn:

  • How to master sushi etiquette

  • How to neutralize a crisis

  • How to fold a suit for crease-free travel

  • How to give a killer foot massage

  • How to win big at the casino

  • How to dance without looking like your dad

  • How to get quality sleep on a night flight

  • How to ace the job interview

  • How to survive a kidnapping

... plus dozens of other insider techniques.

Biographical Notes

Charlie Burton is a journalist based in London. As Senior Commissioning Editor of GQ he writes everything from celebrity profiles to political opinion. In 2015, he started the magazine's monthly how-to column, 'Bring Your "A" Game', which inspired this book. He is a graduate of Lincoln College, Oxford, and was formerly the Associate Editor of Wired.

For 30 years, GQ has been the premier magazine for men. The winner of 67 major awards, it brings the very best of men's lifestyle and fashion to millions around the world each month.

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  • ISBN: 9781784724580
  • Publication date: 06 Sep 2018
  • Page count: 224
  • Imprint: Mitchell Beazley

Dave Broom

Award-winning author and whisky expert Dave Broom has been writing about whisky for 25 years as a journalist and author. He has written eight books, two of which (Drink! and Rum) won the Glenfiddich Award for Drinks Book of the Year. He has also won the Glenfiddich Award for Drinks Writer of the Year twice and recently won the extremely prestigious IWSC Communicator of the Year Award. In 2015 Tales of the Cocktail presented Dave with the Best Cocktail & Spirits award, soon to be followed by the Golden Spirit Award in 2016.Over his two decades in the field, Dave has built up a considerable international following with regular training/educational visits to France, Holland, Germany, the USA and Japan. His remit has covered consumer features as well as business reports. He is also actively involved in whisky education, acting as a consultant to major distillers on tasting techniques as well as teaching professionals and the public. He was also one of the developers of Diageo's generic whisky tasting tool, the Flavour MapT.

David Nightingale

David Nightingale is an instructor for the Perfect Picture School of Photography in the United States, running the successful online course Unleashing the Power of High Dynamic Range (HDR) Images. He is the director of Chromasia Training, a company specialising in all aspects of photographic training and post-production, and a regular contributor to Digital SLR User magazine.

Demetrius Fordham

Demetrius Fordham is a professional commercial, editorial and lifestyle photographer based in Brooklyn, NY. Born in Stuttgart, Germany and raised in Denver, Colorado, Demetrius launched his photography career assisting iconic photographers such as Sheila Metzner and Kurt Iswarienko. He was also the first assistant of celebrated commercial photographer Doug Menuez for many years.

Dixie Dixon

The multiple award-winning Dixie Dixon masterfully captures her clients' products in the ideal context for their needs, whether that's traditional high fashion, a print campaign, or an Instagram feel. Trained in London and based in Texas, she works around the world, regularly speaking about photography for Nikon. Her fresh vision has attracted clients such as Nikon, Disney, Virgin, Advanced Beauty, Florsheim Shoes, MAC Group, Magpul, Billy Jealousy, Nha Khanh, Pipers Perfumery, and Macadamia Professional to name a few. Her work has been published in publications such as Rangefinder, PDN, Professional Photographers Magazine, Dapper Magazine, Living Magazine, Beverly Drive Magazine, Nikon World and many more.

Francesca Leung

Francesca Leung works in editorial, writes books and has written for Wallpaper*, Time Out London, ES magazine and ShortList. She also draws comics and her design work has been exhibited at the V&A museum. Her favourite things are pirates, Batman® and cake, and she spends her spare time playing Assassin's Creed® or losing at mahjong. She makes the best cup of tea in the world, according to herself. You would not want to live with her.

François Monti

François Monti is a journalist specialising in drinks and cocktails, based in Madrid. He is the author of a number of books, including Prohibitions, and writes a highly regarded blog, Bottoms Up.

Graeme Kent

Graeme Kent is the author of numerous novels, gift books, and radio and television scripts. His books include 50 Ways to say I Love You and 50 Ways to Say Happy Birthday.

Guy Kesteven

An avid bike enthusiast since the days when he shared his child seat with the weekly groceries, Guy Kesteven brings an effervescent passion for pedalling and an encyclopaedic knowledge of cycling technology to this book. Wokring in the bike trade for twenty-four years, and as a professional mountain, road and triathlon bike tester for the past seventeen years, he has personally ridden and reviewed hundreds of the bikes selected for this book. This gives him a unique insight into the history, significance and individual characters of the amazing machines that are featured.

Haje Jan Kamps

Haje Jan Kamps set up his first photo website at the age of 16 and is now one of the world's best-read photography bloggers; his site photocritic.org has thousands of visitors every day. Shooting with any camera he can, including his smartphone, he has built a successful freelance career, and written books for serious professionals and hobbyists alike, including bestseller 'The Rules of Photography & When To Break Them'. He has also founded a photography technology company, Triggertrap, which sells smart remote releases.

Hannah Ebelthite

Hannah Ebelthite is a freelance health, fitness and wellbeing writer. With nearly two decades experience in journalism, she has held staff posts on Cosmopolitan, Zest and Healthy magazines, and writes for a wide range of national publications, including The Daily Mail, The Telegraph, The Daily Express, Woman & Home, Glamour, Healthy Food Guide, Top Santé, Healthy, Health & Fitness, Condé Nast Bride, Mother & Baby magazine. She has ghost-written several health books and is a member of the Guild of Health Writers. Hannah lives in southwest London with her fitness-journalist husband and their six-year-old twin boys. When not working she can be found running around Richmond Park, throwing Kettle Bells around on the common, or coaching at her local running club.

Harry Borden

Harry Borden is one of the most celebrated portrait photographers working today. His pictures have featured in some of the world's leading magazines, including The New Yorker, Time, Vogue, American GQ, Das Magazin, Le Nouvel Observateur and Stern. Harry has won prizes at the World Press Photo awards (1997 and 1999) and was a judge in the contest in 2010 and 2011. In June 2005 he was awarded a solo exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London; the gallery now has more than 100 examples of Harry's work in its permanent collection. His personal project on Holocaust survivors was shortlisted for the European Publishers Award in 2014. In the same year, Harry was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal Photographic Society.

Holly Farrell

Holly Farrell spent two years at RHS Gardens Wisley where she gained the Wisley Diploma in Practical Horticulture, and the RHS Certificate and Diploma (both with Commendation), and where she won the Nicholson Prize for overall contribution to RHS Garden Wisley as a trainee. After working as Head Gardener on a private estate she now combines designing and improving gardens for private clients with her developing career as a garden writer for publications such as Kitchen Garden and the RHS magazine The Garden. Holly is the author of RHS Plants from Pips, RHS Gardening for Mindfulness and Planting Plans for Your Kitchen Garden: How to Create a Vegetable, Herb and Fruit Garden in Easy Stages. She lives in Oxfordshire.

Imogen Dyer

Imogen Dyer is the unstoppable on-screen talent behind Weekly Imogen, the phenomenally successfully photography tips & tutorials YouTube channel which averages 50,000 views a day. Imogen and Mark began their photographic partnership in 2009 after a chance meeting at a village fete. Mark posted the images they shot together online and such was their success that they launched a YouTube channel to share their tips and techniques with Imogen presenting. Thus WeeklyImogen was born. In just four years it has become one of the biggest channels on YouTube, with over 150,000 subscribers and well over a million views a month with no sign of the growth slowing down.

Jake Spicer

Jake Spicer is an artist and drawing tutor based in Brighton, England. He is head tutor at the independent drawing school Draw, a co-director of the Drawing Circus and regularly runs portrait and figure drawing courses for the Camden Arts Centre and National Portrait Gallery.www.jakespicerart.co.uk@BrightonDrawing

James Hoffmann

James Hoffmann is the managing director of Square Mile Coffee Roasters, a multi-award-winning coffee roasting company based in East London. He is also the World Barista Champion 2007, having won the UK Barista competition in both 2006 and 2007. He writes a popular blog, www.jimseven.com, about coffee and the coffee business. The World Atlas of Coffee is his first book.

Jane Garton

Jane Garton is an accomplished author, having written, edited and co-edited a wide range of publications over the past 20 years. Her work has appeared in: New Woman, The Health Store Magazine, Lifeline (Great Ormand Street magazine), HFEA Guide, Tesco Healthy Living and Pink Ribbon magazine. Her previous titles for Spruce include Happy - 100 tips to Feel Great, A Thousand Paths to Hope and Things to Do Now That You're Retired.

Jean-François Mallet

Jean-François Mallet trained at the prestigious Ferrandi culinary school in Paris, before deciding to follow his passion for photography. He now specialises in food photography.

Jeff Wignall

Jeff Wignall, former camera columnist for the New York Times and Technical Editor of Photo District News, has written numerous best-selling books, including The Joy of Digital Photography. A frequent contributor to many photo magazines (Popular Photography, American Photo, Outdoor Photographer and PC Photo Digital), Jeff shoots advertising and advertorial work for major clients including Sony, Canon, Nikon, and Olympus; thousands of his photos have been published in every print medium.

Jenny Strebe

Arizona-based Jenny Strebe is author of the blog Confessions of Hairstylist and has been working with hair for over 14 years, including a 6-year stint with Tony & Guy. Her work has been featured in 944, Dwell, Lifestyles as well as on the TV on NBC and TLC and several other national media outlets. Jenny currently contributes to a number of blogs and Confessions of a Hairstylist was named one of the top hair blogs by Latest Hairstyles and Indiechick.

Jo Ellison

Jo Ellison was the features director of Vogue between 2005 and 2014. A former history graduate, she worked extensively in the Vogue archive and has written numerous features about the magazine's illustrious relationships with photographers past and present, from Cecil Beaton to David Bailey and Juergen Teller. She is now the fashion editor at The Financial Times.