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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (2 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099460289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099460282
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 469,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'An entertaining romp'" (Mail on Sunday)

"'A book of frenetic energy ... and snappy turn of phrase. Fast-moving and fun, Around the World in 80 Dates is a book for anyone who thinks love might be found out there'" (Sunday Times)

"'A fun account that will make every single girl want to pack her bags!'" (New Woman)

"'Perfect inspiration for your New Year's resolution'" (Cosmopolitan)

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'Heart-warming ... told with humour ... Don't be surprised if you find yourself booking a plan ticket soon!'

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One of Britain's leading travel experts - known to readers from BBC1 travel programmes and countless print features & tv appearances - tells the fabulously entertaining story of her global dating tour.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wes Modes on 12 Feb. 2005
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If you are looking for a book to suggest a reputable hostel in Bankok, or vicariously show you the sights in, say, the Candian Rockies, you might want to take a pass. This is the kind of travel book that centers on what is most important about going to other places, the people you meet there.
The author, a career travel writer and globe-trotter, sets herself on a journey around the world to discover her soul mate. Eighty dates in numerous countries with men, women, and a few groups (though some are tongue-in-cheek non-dates).
This is not a book thick with ethnographic information. It paints a portrait not so much of the residents of the various places the author visits, but simply of the collection of quirky people willing to date a British author dating her way around the world. It is entertaining, insightful, and charming just to watch the author discover things about herself. The old saying is still true, you travel around the world far from home only to discover yourself.
I was only disappointed to see that the author didn't really date around the world, as around the northern hemisphere (with the exception of Australia, New Zealand, and a few other places in southeast Asia). She missed the whole continents of South America and Africa, as well as the entire Middle East and Indian subcontinent. But while more far-flung travels in the southern hemisphere might be more politic and equal opportunity, there is no accounting for taste. And the author took her quest seriously enough to seek a soul mate she could spend a lifetime with. So in fairness, I imagine she visited the countries with which she felt most familiar and comfortable. (Though it is amusing to imagine her finding her soul mate as a rural native of Nigeria-- perhaps a bit more challenging than a gentlemen from the Northwest coast of North America.)
A good light read. Unusual, entertaining, and very funny.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kerry Lackey on 30 Oct. 2005
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book having read it for what it was - a single 30-something's overseas adventures in search of eligible soulmates. Jennifer, frustrated with the London Dating Scene (which accounts for almost every female I know!) makes use of her worldwide contacts to set her up on dates with recommended single, eligible males. An entertaining and inspiring read for anyone who is also disheartened with dating.
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It is a truth universally acknowledged that an economically independent professional woman in her thirties must be in search of a soul-mate - and equally that she'll turn to her girlfriends on a Saturday night and bemoan the lack of any 'decent men' in her vicinity. Many a single woman of a certain age has looked around her and asked herself "Why are all the men round here so rubbish? Why can't I find Mr Right?" Instead of cracking open another bottle of chardonnay, unwrapping a big bar of Dairy Milk, and curling up with a chick flick Jennifer Cox decided that if London wasn't big enough to provide a soul mate, then she'd take on the world. Cue a zillion emails to friends and contacts around the world - the so-called 'Date Wranglers' - and she soon set up a network of potential dates across Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia.

As a travel writer and broadcaster, Jennifer Cox was no stranger to meeting and greeting people the world over. Cox has an early failed marriage behind her and a handful of none-too-successful relationships to look back on and most importantly, she's determined to do something to get herself a soul mate. After all, with more than 6 billion people on the planet, it must be possible to find a good bloke.

She set off to Europe first, bouncing around Holland, up to Sweden, Denmark, France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Italy and Germany, she was merrily clocking up the first couple of dozen dates, sometimes with two or three in a 24 hour period. Some of the dates were pretty dodgy like Frank, the sleazy Dutchman, the tulip-shredding weirdo, the yukky 'brother of a friend' who bailed out when he realised she wasn't really sleeping her way around the world.
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God forbid I ever have to suffer another word from this author again. Not only does she emerge from this farce as a far from likeable person, but her seemingly abundant ego and narcissism all too often threaten to consume the pages on the bonfire of her own limitless vanity. She appears entirely assured of her own supposed wonder, but is only too happy to insult and demean everyone else (particularly if they don’t fit her own obnoxious criteria for the perfect date). Miss Cox clearly thinks that she has much to offer, but modesty and empathy appear to be attributes she clearly lacks (which probably explains why this venture became necessary in the first place… beyond the more obvious reasons, of course). Pity those poor men being lined up to be shot down without so much as the opportunity to defend themselves. I’ve no doubt their own experiences weren’t exactly life affirming either, but they were probably far too polite to admit it (unlike their host). As for any inherent humour, rarely does anything truly entertaining threaten to pierce her bargain basement musings on life and love, but so overwhelming are the author’s abundant personality flaws that any real laughter was beyond me anyway. Poorly written, unfunny and a blatant exercise in objectionable self-worship - save yourselves fellow readers, life is too short to waste it on dross like this.
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