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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (1 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141036745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141036748
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 428,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`Shane is simply screamingly funny about the things that happen to women in their forties...adorable...I'd advise every single woman to have a copy in their bathroom' Evening Standard

`Hilarious, will give hope to every singleton...sharply observed' Daily Mail

`Hugely entertaining, pertinent and a far cry from the usual patronising pulp' London Lite

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Shane Watson writes regular columns for the Sunday Times Style magazine and is a contributing editor to Easy Living magazine and Grazia. She is also the author of two novels, The One to Watch and Other People's Marriages.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By C. Stroud on 23 Jan. 2009
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I read some of the extracts from this book in the Sunday Times, which made me laugh so much I went and bought the book. Shane Watson is a very funny and wise writer who has an ability to really nail an issue. I love her columns, and I have loved reading this book. She had been single for nearly a decade when she met the man who is now her husband, and this book is about that journey. Its also full of hilarious but also very apt advice about relationships and love, and should be essential reading for anyone who is single but looking for a mate in their thirties and beyond.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Olympic Gymnast on 30 Jan. 2009
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This book is excellent, anyone who has been single for any length of time after their mid-thirties will relate to it. Few books make me laugh out loud, but this one did - brilliant stuff, Shane. Great to read something funny, upbeat and pragmatic on this subject - I couldn't put it down. The book makes a refreshing change from the usual media scaremongering on single women over thirty. Ignore the Amazon review from bitter Harry - he's not actually described in the book as the type of man to avoid, but perhaps he will be in the next edition.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By reader on 24 Jan. 2009
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just bought this with "split: a story of love betrayal and divorce" by Suzanne Finnamore ... Together these two books kept me laughing and taking notes and ringing up friends to read the best bits out loud. These two women should be on the telly to keep us all from going bonkers. Super!!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ocelot Octagon on 3 Mar. 2009
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Maybe this book will appeal more to girls than guys. I liked it, and it is funny in parts - but not 'laugh out loud' funny as some people have claimed it to be. As a long term single in my 30s before meeting my 'One' (as Shane puts it) I could relate to much of what she said about the dilemmas of singledom. Much of the problems and issues (as well as the pleasures) of the single female experience apply equally to the male single experience - the same issues of how others perceive you, how to present yourself as not being closed off to opportunites whilst not appearing desperate etc, are a problem for both sexes.

However, this is mainly a work of fiction, not a semi autobiographical record as it is presented. For example, her analysis and descriptions of the different types of friendships is problematic - no one has so many different 'types' of friends and you cannot (or shouldn't anyway) classify people in such superficial terms.

If you are looking for a light, reasonably amusing read on the way to work and have been through an extensive period of singledom then you will enjoy this book and it will make you smile and titter. It's not V.S.Naipaul, but then it doesn't purport to be.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daisy Wang on 26 Feb. 2009
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What a refreshing change - wisdom combined with laugh-out-loud humour. But be prepared to laugh at yourself too - Ms Watson has an unerring eye for everything that's shallow and absurd about what we've come to regard as normal and commonplace. This book's not just for single women by any means - if you're smugly married already, just skip the last two chapters, or read them for their humour. Fabulous - looking forward to her next one already (hope there's going to be one, Shane?)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah McMahon on 24 Sept. 2009
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I bought this book because I enjoy Shane Watson's column in the Sunday Times STYLE magazine so much and How To Meet A Man After Forty does not disappoint. Warm, witty, hugely observant, it is full of razor-sharp common sense and laugh out loud accounts of some of her less than successful dating moments. This is a book for every woman over twenty-five, never mind forty. The only criticism I would have is regarding the title: while it is obviously catchy and aimed at her target market - I think it must be off-putting for many and doesn't do the content justice, as the book is about so much more. How To Meet A Man After Forty should be in every woman's handbag along with lipstick and breath freshener. Even if you're married, it's the manual of sound advice all women should be giving to their girlfriends, sisters and indeed daughters everywhere.
Don't even think of dating without it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By languedoc on 1 Mar. 2009
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How to meet a man over 40, and other midlife dilemas solved.

I bought this book as a birthday present for my daughter who has recently split with her partner. She said that as she was not yet over 40, it wouldn't apply to her, but she has read it, chuckled aloud at some of the advice and has lent it to me!!! Recommend anyone can read this and pick up some hints and tips.
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