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Diaries of an Internet Lover

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books Ltd. (25 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753511657
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753511657
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 1.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,467,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Candid and often sexually explicit, this book will have you hooked. -- Company Magazine

Well written, dirty and amusing. -- Scarlet --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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COMPULSIVE, HILARIOUS READING ABOUT MODERN SEXUAL RELATIONSHIPS --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
I think the essential thing is to take this book with a pinch of salt. It must be remembered that its not a guide to internet dating, and never was intended to be, it's simply a journal of Dawn Porter's internet dating experiences and how they worked out for her. I really enjoyed the book, I think the author is likeable, extremely honest and her outright sexuality was great. The men she met were described brilliantly, and I love the way they were given comedy names 'the bumbino' and 'flash' to name but two.
To say the spelling was awful is just silly, the book itself was written well, and yes, there were the odd spelling mistakes in the emails within the book, but jeez that adds a touch of realism to the book...how many people write emails at home and dont concentrate and make the odd spelling error? give the girl a break!
I say its a cute, funny book to be enjoyed in your leisure. Perhaps, being in my early twenties I could relate more to the author's perspective/sense of humour, who knows, but I totally recommend this book! Laughs to be had all the way through. Good luck to Miss. Porter for the future x
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If you are considering the prospect of meeting people via the internet then this book must be read! Its a warts-and-all account which leaves nothing to the imagination and features some incredible highs and lows of the experiences she had over a 6 month period. It can be picked up and put down as each chapter is a separate story, this also means it is fast paced and doesn't drag. Sexy, funny and wince-inducing equally in turn, I would highly recommmend it for anyone, even if you're not interesting in internet dating yourself, you will get a laugh out of this book, and maybe even an erection! Well done Dawn, its a great debut novel.
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By L. Sears TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 Sept. 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is exactly what the title says. A diary account of Internet dating. It is a frank and full on report of one woman's adventures in Internet dating.

Do not buy this book if you are looking for a deep and meaningful novel or a romance.

Do buy this is you want a little light relief, distraction from the mundane everyday rat-race and something that is easily pick-up and put-downable. As in something for the tube or for your daily, fifteen minute afternoon tea-break.

Dawn Porter is a fairy well known face on British TV, having appeared on and hosted several shows about a whole range of subjects, many considered a little taboo. Her style is honest and direct and she often puts herself right in the hot seat to experience things for real. Her writing is no different.

It says a lot for her that she is willing to be so frank and share the intimacy of her experiences. And it makes for a bloody good read. In fact I said earlier that this book was easily to pick up and put down. To some extent that's true, it's journalistic layout makes digesting small chunks in little windows of time very agreeable.

However, Dawn's adventures are so compelling that you find ways of reading the book even when you thought you had no time. For instance - I get travel sick - but I somehow found a way of reading this on my bus journey to work and I was so engaged that I forgot to throw-up.

The book has some genuine laugh-out-loud moments, fellow commuters gave me many-a-strange look as I chuckled my way through Dawns exploits.
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I bought this book because I've seen Dawn Porters series on BBC3 and I think she is really funny.There is nothing fake about her-what you see is what you get.
I read this book in one evening-it's funny,sexy and witty.
A must read for all you girlies!
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I personally am a HUGE fan of Dawn Porter. I have watched all her Docs and listen to her Podcast and her book has NOT let me down. It is heart-warming, touching, hilarious and heart-breaking all rolled into one. She has inspired me to continue with my writing in the hope that I do as good a job as she does. She blows Mark Dolan and Louis Theroux out the water - and I am not being biased just because I am Scottish, she is truely inspirational and her humour is hilarious! This is a MUST READ! If anyone reads it and doesn't like it - then it will be more based on the fact that you don't get her sense of humour. I love her sense of humour as it so like mine - it is like reading about myself! Excellent reading! Hail Dawn Porter! The world needs more of you!
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Having tried internet dating myself and recently read `Millions of Women Are Waiting to Meet You' by Sean Thomas, I thought it would be interesting to read about the topic from a woman's perspective. However, Ms Porter's remit (getting some no strings sex) is slightly different from that of Mr Thomas (essentially looking for love) and so direct comparisons can't really be made.

It's certainly a good premise for a book and all power to Ms Porter for coming up with the idea, going on the dates and actually writing it. Unfortunately, I don't feel that these elements are enough to lift the content above anything other than a very average read.

First of all, there are the emails which set up the dates. If they were examples of witty banter I wouldn't have minded but all too often they were perfunctory exchanges which went on for far too long and repeated almost verbatim previous emails. "Hey, you sound nice." "Thanks, so do you. Have you got a pic?" "Here's my pic. How about you?" "Wow, you're gorgeous. Fancy lunch?" Then, there are the spelling errors. How many times can you misspell `lose' as `loose'? A lot, apparently. Even if the author is trying to recreate realism this is just shoddy writing - especially when it's her own emails!

Now, this may be because I'm a man but I don't understand the fascination with listing endlessly what was eaten for dinner on the dates. I realise there are times when the food is the most interesting part of a date but unless it has some direct relevance to events, it just serves as padding. Maybe it was just a chance to show off the `fab' restaurants she'd been taken to. I also fail to understand the gusto with which she relates just how much she eats. What sort of point is she trying to make?
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