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Catherine Townsend
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29 May 2008

Cat has got it on with all sorts of guys and if it has taught her one thing it is this: forget conventional rules and follow your heart's desires. When she hits her late twenties people start hassling her to settle down. But she treats this pressure to find a soulmate as a great excuse to test-drive a load of hot men.

While she satisfies her constant sexual hunger, she begins to wonder what her ultimate destiny is. Her love-life is a rollercoaster ride of hot sex and heartbreak. But is the true path to 'happy ever after' channelled through lifelong monogamy or unbridled hedonism?

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray (29 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719563534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719563539
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 224,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Sleeping Around (:)

'Sexy, confident and brimming with attitude' (Cosmopolitan)

'Sexy ... laugh-out-loud funny ... very Carrie Bradshaw: witty,bracing, packed with handy advice' (Observer Woman)

'She's frank. She's funny. And she doesn't mind admitting she's filthy too.' (Independent)

'A no-holds-barred account of Catherine's erotic adventures ... Lots of fun and very Sex and the City' (Closer)

'Phew!' (News of the World)

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One-night stands, illicit encounters and open relationships: Cat is out to break all the rules of the dating game, and she's willing to confess everything

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great sex, shame about the psychobabble. 3 Aug 2009
This is an entertaining, undemanding read. I like the fact that she writes about sex and bodily parts without embarrassing euphemisms, and also that she is extremely frank (although doesn't ever seem to have bad sex with anyone). The author is fun and extremely confident; I was kind of falling for the "I'm so beautiful" stuff until I noticed her photo on the inside cover ... I don't mean to sound a bitch, but I was a bit disappointed - she's certainly no troll, but (if the pic is a good likeness), she wouldn't stand out in the street. She's also utterly convinced she's a great, comedic writer and again, she's certainly competent ... but lines like, "Take. Me. Home. Now" carry the strongest whiff of cheese. I'd describe her writing as lighthearted; it really isn't particularly funny and two thirds in, I was getting bored. She settles into a 'stable' relationship and does tons of self analysis which is entirely tedious. There are pages and pages about what her therapist said, and even more pages about how she won't settle for anything less than a wealthy man, in his late thirties, great in bed, generous, adoring, tall, athletic, self deprecating and with no ties or emotional baggage. In fact, she dumps PJ, who seems to fit the bill, because he ate her iced Hallowe'en biscuit - well, maybe there was more to it than that, but I was bored rigid and skimming for the next sexy bit. If the psychoanalysis stuff is intended to give writing that is marshmallow-light an air of weight and authority, then it fails. Call me shallow, but there's nothing wrong with sexy froth, and a person's emotional issues and quest for self are another matter - perhaps we can have these when she's matured a bit and has something worth saying?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarous and sexy! 7 April 2012
A female friend gave me a copy of Breaking the Rules for a long flight. Totally hilarious, the way Catherine tackles the highs and lows of heartbreak mixed in with various sexual adventures. But she also tackles the bigger issues of why we keep going back to the same kinds of dysfunctional people over and over again. That weird sort of addiction.
The book is sort of like The Game - only from a woman's point of view. I finished it far too quickly. Looking forward to her next one! Highly recommended.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a let down 12 Dec 2009
I bought this book after reading Townsend's first book, which I thoroughly enjoyed. That book, in contrast with this one, was a nice bit of fun.

This book, on the other hand, felt less like a fun read and more like the author trying to wring more out of her relationship and fulfill her two book contract. Too much angst, drawn-out self-analysis and whinging, I only finished the book through sheer force of will.

It was surprisingly really, as I've been a fan of her Independent columns and blog and like her open, slightly cliched writing style.

I think she's writing a third book, so hopefully some of the fun and magic of the first one will come back.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A female version of The Game meets 50 Shades of Grey 7 April 2012
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A wildy entertaining book. Like a female version of The Game. Sexy and hilarious. Well worth digging out. I finished it in two hours and I was ready to read more.
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