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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; 1 edition (6 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330426516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330426510
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,136,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Guffawing, with-snot-coming-out-of-your-nose-on-public-transport-funny . . . brilliant’ -- Donna McPhail, Radio Five Live

‘Read Booty Nomad . . . Witty debut novel packed with laugh-out-loud observations and funny one-liners.’ -- Real Magazine

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How could I have loved the Eater of Souls, you might ask? She played games with my head, she mocked my insecurities, she refused to have sex with me because she said she felt like her dog was watching. Her dog was in New Jersey. She just felt like he was watching. You know, across space and time. He was that kind of dog. But despite all this she was perfect for me. That is, until one day I woke up and looked over at her sleeping face and noticed something. I was unhappy. I loved her, I ache for her to this day, but I wasn’t happy. So I did the hardest and most courageous thing I have ever done. I broke up with her a month later by e-mail. Okay, in many ways, I’m small. But I’m trying to get bigger. David’s a mess. He doesn’t know how to get over his ex, the Eater of Souls. He tried traditional methods, such as sleeping with a co-worker and looking at his female friends in a new light. He's even tried talking to his parents - only to discover that they're definitely having a lot more sex than he is right now. But the Eater of Souls is still there, like a phantom limb after a painful amputation. Then along comes the Goddess. She’s funny, she's clever, she’s beautiful: in short, she's perfect. But, as David well knows, the problem isn't meeting the woman of your dreams - it's managing not to screw up once you've found her.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Mar 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is hilarious. Not only does it give a girl a look into the male psyche, but it also makes you laugh out loud. (I mean, do men REALLY think those things?!)
I have already purchased several copies to give as gifts to my male AND female friends. Better than Hornby and up there with Steve Horsfall in my opinion
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nicky on 19 May 2004
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I immediately got into this book and honestly did laugh out loud loads of times when reading it. I don't usually do that. It's just got great characters and some hilarious situations (like trying to teach puppets yoga and a office bonding trip with magic mushrooms that goes terrifyingly wrong!). It's also good on the relationship stuff. Worth a go, definitely.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 May 2004
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I laughed out loud on the bus not once, but multiple times. Really quite a funny book. I'm not sure what to compare it to, the closest I can get is maybe Richard Curtis writing the novelisation of Sex and the City with Carrie having a gender change. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "roos1021" on 5 Aug 2005
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This book was great from the first page. Within the first chapter you felt like you knew the characters, like any of them could possibly be one of your mates.
It's a very witty read and the language is down to earth and each character is fantastically developed.
I was sad to see the book end but I defnitely enjoyed the way it did, it really couldn't have ended any other way.
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Laugh out loud funny with excellent neurosis. Highly recommended! Never will you watch a show with puppets in the same way again...
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By Sam Tyler on 31 Jan 2012
Format: Paperback
The Lad Lit genre is one full of more pitfalls than a retro game convention. When Scott Mebus embarked on the genre in 2004 he was stepping in the footsteps of such giants as Nick Hornby and Mike Gayle, but whilst these two authors are still writing lad lit, Mebus is now a children's author, so what went wrong? Perhaps choosing one of the most embarrassing titles for a book ever? `Booty Nomad' is a cringe worthy title and it makes reading the book an art in hiding the cover from other people. With a title like that you would suspect the book would be crass and charmless. Crass perhaps, but actually it was quite charming.

`Booty' follows many of the tropes of the Lad Lit genre; David the lovelorn hero searches for true love in a sea of quick and meaningless relationships. The character also manages to be wealthy despite himself - I wish true life was like that. In many ways David is not very pleasant, he struggles to remember the names of the women in his life so he nicknames them. I'm sure they have names for David, but none of them could be repeated here. Despite David being as alluring as a can of cat food left open for 4 days, Mebus is able to just about pull off some charming moments.

Dotted between the rude chats are some genuinely funny set pieces that had me amused; from the bizarre camping trip to the family egg hunt extreme. There is a sense of real kinship between David and the various friends he has in the book, it is just a shame that he does not treat the women in his life with the same level of respect. With moments that made me chuckle throughout I have to say that `Booty Nomad' overcame my embarrassment of the cover and was a decent slice of lad based literature.
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