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Date: The Diary of One Man's Ultimate Dating Challenge [Kindle Edition]

Dave Cornthwaite
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Book Description

When Dave decided to find a girlfriend by attempting to date 100 women in 100 days, the result was a hilarious, exhausting and emotional rollercoaster that took him to every corner of London, and then much further than he’d bargained for.

A revealing insight into the way men think and act on the dating scene, Date proves that even with the best of intentions, finding true love can be the hardest challenge of all.

(10% of all profits are donated to CoppaFeel!'s work towards breast cancer awareness)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 546 KB
  • Print Length: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Dave Cornthwaite; 2 edition (7 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006JF7A9Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #152,146 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dave Cornthwaite, 34, from England, is a Guinness World Record-breaking Adventurer and Author.

Dave's adventure career is defined by the ambitious Expedition1000 project, a series of twenty five separate journeys of at least one thousand miles in length, each using a different method of non-motorised tranport. By July 2014 Dave had completed 10 of the journeys including skateboarding the width of Australia, Stand Up Paddleboarding the length of the Mississippi and swimming 1001 miles down the Missouri River.

Dave has written three books: BoardFree, Date and Life in the Slow Lane.

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Twitter: @DaveCorn

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Endurance Dating' in search of 'The One' 21 Oct. 2014
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In 2005, Dave Cornthwaite set out to cross Australia on a longboard. 6 months later, with his mission complete, he lands a publisher for his first book BoardFree (another great book). Dave has caught the bug of writing, and wishes to pen a second book, so that he can legitimately call himself an author. However, being an aspiring writer his social life takes a hit, as he locks himself away at his desk (ie sofa). Dave is somewhat of a recluse, only leaving the house to buy food, but he has reached the time in his life where he believes that he needs a serious relationship and to start settling down. The problem is just like the majority of guys, he can’t chat up girls in a bar.

Through-out his life Dave wanted to write a book on dating and relationships, and in his current predicament, he hits upon a winner. His mission: to date 100 different girls in 100 consecutive days. However, one very valuable lesson that Dave soon learns is that ‘endurance dating’ is not the way to find ‘the one’.

It is extremely well-written, funny and very easy to relate to. Whilst some may view this as a fairly misogynistic challenge in the first place, by the end of the book my sympathies lie wholly with Dave, rather than his dates.  You too feel as if you are also taking part in this dating challenge, experiencing the rollercoaster of emotions that Dave went through in his quest for love. I would certainly recommend a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book - buy buy buy 20 Jan. 2015
I really enjoyed reading this book thus the 5 stars (it's my first time giving a book 5 stars!). I thought it was very insightful and well written. There was laughter, sadness and many moments of disbelief and incredulity i.e. Dave going off to India. Like seriously, what the hell. I particularly enjoyed the last two chapters which were so heartfelt and genuine.

Nonetheless, the book did leave a slightly bitter taste in my mouth in that I felt that Dave's character seemed quite well put together - he is good looking, humorous, affectionate; but took so long to find someone to connect to. The book got me thinking about many other people around the world in the exact same situation and whether its just modern society that has complicated the whole "falling in love" process.

Anyway. The book is superb! Buy it and prepare to have your heart strings pulled.
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Having been recommended `Date' by a colleague just prior to a Christmas largely spent on Easyjet I downloaded it to my Kindle with no great expectations, because men don't write about dating,do they? And even if they did, wouldn't it be in a swaggering, Nuts' esque manner designed to maximise the lothario reputation of the writer? I have to say that I was pretty taken aback. Having spent much of the last six years with a man who believed that sympathy was just a word placed in the dictionary between `s?*t and syphllis' and that emotional literacy was a myth created by dungaree clad primary school teachers and Guardian readers, it was something of a revelation to be reminded that there really were men out there who really were searching for `the one'. This may seem like an odd thing to say about a bloke who decided that going on 100 dates in 100 days was the best way to accomplish this goal, which seems like a somewhat mysogynistic concept to begin with. What about the poor `datees' who knew nothing of `the challenge' and who were also just scratching around the internet in hope of finding their soulmate? It is testament to the real likeability of the writer that you don't simply end up thinking him to be someone who uses genuine people as mere`material'- by the end of the book your sympathies are firmly with Cornthwaite rather than many of the plethora of women that he dates, who range from sublimely described Goddesses that he falls for to the sad, the badly dressed and the socially challenged (most of whom he is generous about, rather than overly derogatory). I won't spoil the plot, but in the end the hunter becomes the hunted,and the author's description of rejection and recovery is one of the most moving I have read in recent memory (and I teach sonnets for a living. Sometimes.). Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing, entertaining read 12 Nov. 2013
A very entertaining book that made me laugh out loud at least 25 times, so that's once every 12.4 pages - pretty good eh? An eye-opening and refreshing take on dating from a bloke's point of view and well worth a read if you intend to dip into the world of on-line match-making, have already done so, know anyone who has dabbled, or equally if you think you wouldn't touch it with a barge pole - it might make you change your mind! Dates with disobedient dogs, fetish high heels, dizzying curly hair - all manner of girls from the dull to the dazzling. But will there be a happy ending? You'll have to read the book!
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I am a 25 year old girl, living in London, and I have tentatively tried dating with the mysinglefriend website (the website that Dave uses in the book).

I have read all of the classic dating guides (the rules, he's just not that into you, the four man plan) and none of them even come close to this! It is a perfect articulation of the classic problem of how hard it is as a 20-something a few years after university to meet anyone at all (let alone to meet someone you gel with), especially when friends are increasingly coupled up. The book is funny enough that it can be read for pure enjoyment (reminded me of Danny Wallace in parts) but it is candid enough about the dates that you can take some genuine, practical tips and more importantly comfort from Dave's experiences. I now feel far more confident about using the internet to meet some new people, and I think the book will enable me to be much more relaxed and also aware of the signals I am giving off and the extent to which small things can make all the difference. For anyone worrying about the awkwardness of the dating scene - this book is the perfect answer to `what's the worst that can happen?' - based on this book the worst that can happen is you end up with some truly hilarious dinner party stories to tell your friends! I can imagine myself dipping back into this book in the future to seek solace and a giggle after another bad date!

The most exciting thing about this book however is that it is written from a guy's perspective, and completely debunks the myth that it is always the men who `have the power' or are `in control.' Dave is not a womaniser and speaks openly and honestly about the male experience of dating (and against the odds it doesn't seem to have that much to do with sex and looks!). I challenge anyone to read this book and not wish they could go on a date with the author himself.

Highly recommended read!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that needed to be written
I love Dave's writing style and "Date" really flows fast and keeps you in it's grip. Internet dating is a fascinating subject and I often find it sad that it STILL has such... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nick Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars A true Laugh Out Loud book
Having purchased this book just after hearing Dave give a talk in Snow and Rock, it certainly lived up to (and actually exceeded) my expectations! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Holly Winser
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read, lighthearted however it certainly struck a deeper ...
A great read, lighthearted however it certainly struck a deeper chord. Especially poignant for those that have used or are using the world of internet dating.....
Published 9 months ago by Foxys Gal
4.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable and truly entertaining book that gives you a...
Date is great. It will make you laugh and probably change whatever (pre)conception you might have about (online)dating. Read more
Published 9 months ago by SophieSz
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare first hand experience of the dating scene written from the...
What can I say about this book that all the other 5 star reviews hasn't?! This book is written with such raw honesty it will leave you an emotional wreck by the highs and lows of... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr. S. R. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
All you want in a book! Funny- lots of laugh out loud moments, as well as giggly bits. Entertaining - couldn't put it down. Thought Provoking - especially the last chapter. Read more
Published 17 months ago by AGS
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book
I got this book and on my way home i read most of the book and i am sure i recieved some strange looks on the train as i was laughing to myself quite a lot. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Xbar
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read
I was recommended this book by the author himself (a great bit of self promotion!) so i thought I would give it a go..... I was thouroughly impressed! Read more
Published 20 months ago by Rach
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming, Honest and Refreshing
I'll hold my hands up and be the first to admit that novels of any kind of romance and love are not usually my thing, but as a massive supporter of Dave and his ventures, I knew... Read more
Published 20 months ago by alexandra-aspinall
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!!
Didn't take that long to read - but very interesting and am taking on a similar task at the moment!! - Some funny moments.
Published on 7 Mar. 2013 by Richard Newell
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