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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Scotland (23 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755319400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755319404
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 23.1 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,115,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Bissett's third novel is delivered with invention and flair' (Esquire)

'Hilarious, disturbing and hugely entertaining... Bain is a remarkable creation' (Big Issue)

'He has pulled the sheets back on Lothario men and shown them lying there wriggling, pathetic, and bare-bummed...Bissett proves himself to be a fresh, compelling and distinctly Scottish literary talent' (Scotland on Sunday)

'A high-speed, coke-fuelled rollercoaster ride through bars, classrooms and bedrooms' (Scotsman)

'This is a novel of real ambition and complexity, at its heart a delicious tension between the desire to be good and darker urges in a world of ever fewer boundaries' (Gutter magazine)

'Definitely worth a read... ****' (Look)

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A vital read for anyone who wants to understand just who the hell some men think they are


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 July 2009
Format: Paperback
Maybe it's the title or the back-cover blurb, but the impression you might have of Death of a Ladies' Man is that of a lot of laddish humour, smooth patter and pickup lines and plenty of explicit sex scenes, with the protagonist getting his come-uppance at the end. You'd be right in a way, but you also couldn't be more wrong. There's a lot more going on in Bissett's powerfully compelling novel than that.

It's not that the book has any great narrative storyline - the main character is a 30 year-old teacher who lives with his mother after a painful divorce, but has started recently dating one of his colleagues at the school, a more mature 41 year-old woman. Charlie however just can't help himself when it comes to women - he's worked out all the tricks a long time ago, knows what he wants and knows how to get it. Could his ladies man reputation prevent him from a more mature and loving relationship - or is that even what he really wants?

Plot-wise there's nothing here to get too excited about, but the strength of Death of a Ladies' Man rather is in the writing. It's simply dazzling. Perhaps too dazzling for some, with long risky string-of-consciousness passages, and messing about with typefaces and font sizes as a rule generally isn't a good idea. It's what's behind these experiments that counts however and, although in some respects the book is just an updating of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Bissett makes it relevant and purposeful, placing it within the context of the environment of our society, questioning the attitudes and morals of the world we live in today - getting to grip with what women want as well as men.

Contrary to what you would expect then, there's no lazy characterisation in Death of a Ladies' Man.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Gordon on 27 July 2009
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What can I say about this book? It's simply mindblowing. Best book I've read in years. Almost painfully insightful,seductive, at times shockingly(but enjoyably)saucy (be prepared!!), with an ending so full of pathos, I actually cried. Loved the character of Charlie Bain, charming but deeply, deeply flawed. It is a testament to the power of the writing that I came away from it feeling more sorry for Charlie than anyone else in the whole book. He clearly knows he's going to hell in a hand cart but seems powerless to stop it.
Very different from Boyracers and Adam Spark (although they were both excellent too). Easier to read than them in many ways as written in more "standard" English. Loved the mixing of typefaces and writing styles, particularly the "screen play" parts. Would make an excellent film/TV/play adaptation if anyone out there is listening.
Was privileged to meet the author at a book launch recently. He read from the book and is clearly also a talented actor/performer. Lovely guy, too. By the way, I also recommend you listen to the tracks mentioned in the book - most are available on Amazon MP3 download. Terrific music and brilliantly appropriate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Wilkie on 15 April 2010
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The title for this review may be wildly inaccurate but it comes from my gut and no author wouldn't be flattered by those comparisons.
The Socialism issue- as raised in an unfavorable review. It seems to me that as he has evolved from his young self so he has drifted away from any practical connection to his political beliefs. He would like to reconnect but where is the time as the persuit of pleasure and an increasing dependence on drugs and alcohol take over in the aftermath of his divorce and the painful hardening of his soul which ensues.
To me the key line of text refers to the kiss with Yvonne he remembers as the tenderest he has ever known and which he still in a way pines for even as he persues all the pleasures of the flesh. There is a sense of longing for all things lost; a holding back on the need to cry over all the spoilt ideals and loss of innocence.
The writing is never less than riveting, funny and thought provoking. Yes if I stop and think about it there are some scenes which don't ring 100% true (for me his relationship with a significantly older female colleague) but this is not purporting to be hard boiled realism so I didn't question it until now as I type this.
To me the author is not moralising on drug culture or promiscuity but casting a razor sharp eye on these topics (among others) and weaving a great story around them.
It won't be for everyone but I'd reccomend everyone give it a try.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kieron Hegarty on 22 Dec. 2013
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A real disappointment after Boy Racers which I adored to bits. I found the character (and author ?) egocentric to the max and I could not sympathize or care to find out what happened to him. Slow to get going too. I gave up on it. Would have given it one star but for all I know, it could have got markedly better.

Just to get your two reviews for one...My g/friend did read it all and said it was average.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. D. De Lange on 16 Sept. 2009
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"Death of a ladies' Man" is for everyone, ladies who want to know what goes on in a mans head and is a book men can relate to. Written beautifully with tangible emotion. Very real, most can identify with the characters. This book offers a satisfying journey where the reader is not disappointed. definitely a must read.
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