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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (3 Feb 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099439891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099439899
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,017,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Do you have to be crazy to get married? Anna Maxted’s heroine Hannah in Being Committed certainly does--and she’s in no hurry to change her mind. Why should she? She’s got the perfect life (as she sees it); in particular, she has a very interesting job: she’s a private investigator for the quaintly-named Hound Dog Investigations, involved in tricky but satisfyingly challenging cases. There's her supportive father (who more than makes up for her less appealing mother). And there’s her long-term boyfriend Jason: her five-year relationship with him is another comforting factor in her status quo. Then Jason proposes--and, without hesitation, Hannah say no--why rock the boat? But the boat is definitely rocked for her when Jason decides, shortly after, to get engaged to another woman. Her father thinks she’s let a good thing pass her by. And Hannah realises its time to coolly take stock of her life--and what she wants from it.

In both Getting Over It and Behaving Like Adults, Anna Maxted made her mark as a novelist of humour, humanity and insight; her skill with plotting is matched with a talent for realising the individual personalities of her characters with maximum vividness. That’s very much the case in Being Committed, with Hannah the perfect heroine--even though the reader may want to shout at her at times. If Hound Dog Investigations is unlike any detective agency that ever existed on this planet, it’s hardly a problem: every other detail in this delightful and funny novel rings absolutely true.--Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Funny and a little kooky, even the coldest heart will be thawed" (Company)

"A perceptive mix of heartache and humour" (Sunday Express)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By SJ on 17 Jun 2004
Format: Hardcover
Anna Maxted looks like a chicklit author on the surface but deals with much darker subjects than run of the mill writers - which she definitely isn't. Her last book, Behaving Like Adults, dealt with date rape yet still managed to be a laugh out loud page turner. I don't know how she does it but I wish I could write like that. Her latest novel tackles with the thorny issue of commitment in a long term relationship. There are a few skeletons in the characters' closets but nothing quite as dark as the last book, which was a bit of a relief. I thoroughly enjoyed this book - largely because it was truly funny - and recommend it to anyone who's read and enjoyed Maxted's previous novels.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By tony on 10 July 2004
Format: Hardcover
I bought this after reading a great review of Anna in Heat and I have to say she is a great writer, abive and beyond many others. I've just finished this and will be taking a couple of her other books on holiday with me. It was funny, pacy and like Marian Keyes, didn't patronise (though Marion Keyes latest is slightly too downbeat.) Anna obviously goes for serious issues and keeps it light hearted, in that sense this is a great book. Perfect if your tired of the more typical often poorley written chick lit offerings which give teh genre a bad name. This book shines.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Karen Merquis on 16 Jun 2004
Format: Hardcover
I love Anna Maxted's books. They all have twists and turns that you just don't see coming. This one is no different. The characters are believeable and you are left really caring what happens to them. I am looking forward to the next one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cadeyes on 30 July 2007
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book for a second time recently after having tried once before to drum up interest. This time around I did finish it, but what a long read! The main character is opinionated and not very likeable. Half the time you can't wait until someone will finally tell her a thing or two about life and relationships. For the first few chapters the author can't seem to stick to the plot and keeps going off on narratory paths that have little to do with what is going on. Then she has a hard time coming back to the point. It gets a bit better after a while but then at the end you have to plough through pages of psycho-babble, in dialogues. Real people don't live most of their lives in one mind-set and then after a bit of new information willingly throw it all over board and then explain the new version of opinion like soap stars with a short script. There are plenty of books of the genre that are more entertaining, sorry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca on 3 Aug 2005
Format: Paperback
Having enjoyed all of Anna Maxted's previous novels, it was with great anticipation that I began to read Being Committed. From the first few chapters I was disappointed. I found the main female character difficult to connect to. I felt she was unlikable and she didn't learn from any of the trials being set before her. Unlike Maxted's previous main characters, I didn't feel empathy for her, or understanding for what she was going through. I couldn't help but think, "What an idiot!" as she went through similar situations over and over. I still very much enjoy Anna Maxted's books, but just wasn't as fond of this one.
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