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Finding Mr. Right: The Real Woman's Guide to Landing That Man Paperback – 3 Jun 2009

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: JR Books Ltd (3 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906779139
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906779139
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 756,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Annie Harrison draws some of her literary inspiration from living in a 300-year old house outside Canterbury once owned Jane Austen's brother, Edward Knight. The next-door vicarage provided Miss Austen with the literary setting for Pride and Prejudice. The mansion glimpsed over the estate wall from Annie's writing desk window reportedly imbued the author with her Mansfield Park and Persuasion masterpieces. Obviously, quite a tough literary act to follow, but Annie decided to give it a go anyway.

In a very non-Jane Austen way, Annie hastily met and married her Mr Darcy on the cusp of 40, after years of desperate, delusional and disastrous dating. She had two children in quick succession and was relieved to finally move on from her previous Bridget Jones existence (pardon the mix of genres). Her experiences lead her to write Finding Mr Right: The Real Woman's Guide to Landing That Man - an inspirational anthology for reluctantly single Elizabeth Bennets and Bridget Joneses everywhere.

Annie's second book, The Oddball English takes an acerbic look at the English national character. And there's more to it than meets the eye. The English are not just tea-sipping, bowler-hatted city types. Not everyone has bad teeth as a result of eating bad food. Unlike the English portrayed in movies, England's inhabitants are not all villains and don't all dress as if they're acting in a period drama. Nor do they all journey in black cabs past red telephone boxes and castles, to thatched pubs to drink warm beer whilst discussing the weather and cricket with cheeky Cockneys and aristocrats. They're more than that...

The Oddball English has been written not only for visitors to Blighty but also for its inhabitants, as it holds up a mirror to some of the interesting, funny and odd aspects of life in England and the weird old ways of the English people.

In Annie Harrison's own words: 'In the writing of this book, I have embraced some of the typical characteristics of the English people. So the text, which I hope is informative, is delivered in a humorous, patronising, sarcastic, xenophobic, understated and condescending manner. Wherever possible, I have tried to ridicule the English. Being English myself, I'm well practiced in self-deprecation. So fun is poked, with the tip of an English umbrella, at accents, the class system, our national obsessions, our food and our leisurely exploits. Doubtless, people will be affronted and indignant. But if you are, I urge you to maintain a stiff upper lip and stoicly pretend that you are not, this being the English way.'

The book contains over 100 amusing links to YouTube video clips which depict the characteristics of the English people. These include Fawlty Towers, Mr Bean, Top Gear, Miranda, Catherine Tate, The Fast Show, Alan Partridge, The Office, Are You Being Served? and many more.

Annie is a promiscuous and voracious creative writer, constantly experimenting. She is passionate about literature, social anthropology, English humour and the English language. She also enjoys morris dancing, binge drinking and cheese rolling.

The Oddball English and Finding Mr Right are published on Kindle.
Twitter: @AuthorAnnieH
Twitter: @FindingMr

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About the Author

Annie Harrison had a 20-year career in PR, ghostwriting articles for clients. For the last three years she has been writing for her own personal gratification and this is her first book. She 'crossed the marriage line' with inches to spare in her thirties and had two sons in her early forties, after numerous unsuitable relationships and many errors along the way.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lulu on 27 Jan. 2010
Format: Paperback
As one who has very recently and very unexpectedly become single in her mid thirties, I have to say this book is refreshingly different from other 'self-help' dating-themed books out there.

You WON'T find reams of inane self-absorbed navel-gazing or self-help blurb; NOR will you find saccharine sweet platitudes. You WON'T be told how to 'settle' either.

What you will find is a collection of real-life experiences from other thirty-something women who have been in exactly the same situation as you now find yourself and, believe me, this is far more valuable.

My advice? Be kind to yourself and buy a copy of this book. You will be pleasantly surprised.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Frances Manwaring on 30 July 2009
Format: Paperback
Fascinating to read people's stories about finding love when it's no longer strictuly speaking love's 'young' dream, and I take my hat off to Annie for putting this collection together and linking it so seemlessly. It takes a bit of courage to write this sort of from the heart stuff, and it's great that so many people have been prepared to share their insights and experiences with such candour and eloquence. Love rarely comes when you wish upon a star, a la Disney, but it often does come in the most unexpected ways and sometimes when you've all but given up, as this collection verifies. Great reading whether or not you're still in the market for the elusive Mr. Right.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Zinfandel on 19 May 2010
Format: Paperback
I was very moved by the accounts in this book. It's really useful to get so many different perspectives on marrying late because it's easy to lose sight of the fact that there are many different models of togetherness. The pressing nature of the female bio-clock can sometimes propel women towards unwise choices. Reading this will help them feel empowered. Well done, Annie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sienna Lewis on 25 Aug. 2010
Format: Paperback
This is one of those books I couldn't wait to recommend to my friends even before I finished reading it.

I was about half way through when I'd already bought a copy for a friend and promised to lend it to another once I was done!

I was dreading some kind of "10 step plan" with exercises on how to pick up men when I first saw the slightly saccharine cover of this book, but I was pleasantly surprised by its well researched content aimed at 30something women struggling to establish the type of committed relationship they are aiming for.

Filled with encouraging real-life stories of women who found true love (and fathers for their babies) in their late thirties, advice from experienced dating professionals and the hard facts by fertility experts, it makes a really uplifting, multi-faceted read which will increase your confidence about finding your Mr Right. It challenges old behaviour patterns about dating Mr Wrong for too long or looking in the wrong places, and you will emerge feeling more positive about your love life and better equipped for your journey ahead.

The author's personal experience serves as an uplifting example to help remind the reader that fate moves in mysterious ways, and that the only person we can change about achieving a different outcome to our dating experiences is ourselves.

If you are stuck in a pattern of coming across too negative and desperate in dates, this book will show you ways to re-think your approach and remain hopeful and positive.

Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. B. Bloomfield on 27 Nov. 2010
Format: Paperback
I like this book. It's a collection of pieces, some original, some previously published articles by well-knowns like Mariella Frostrup, Amanda Playtell etc., about the pains and pleasures of looking for love when your child-bearing years are running out. Catering pretty much squarely for the middle=class-professional soulmate-seeker, it contains some moving accounts from those who have faced being single in their later 30s onwards and who are afraid of missing the baby-boat. The author-editor herself talks interestingly about her own journey to find herself a husband and how she made it across the line with her 40th birthday looming up ahead. She went on to have two children in her 40s.

The feminist will blanch at some of the advice about 'luring in a man' as it involves 'being the hunted, not the hunter.' As a feminist myself, I do have difficulty with this sort of advice. Unfortunately for me, all the research shows that it works. Many men are afraid of upfront women, sexually-assertive women, politically-vocal women and those of us who aren't too interested in playing the romantic game. I think Annie Harrison's advice is unfortunately correct: if you do want to find a partner, be sweet, mysterious, a brilliant listener, basically unthreatening. You can always revert to your independent, harpie self after the honeymoon! (only joking, really I am half joking here).

I also felt Annie's advice was sound about giving hesitant partners an ultimatum. After years of him being 'unsure,' I remember the moment when I snapped with my partner. It was in a cinema in Trafalgar Square. I was five months pregnant and he was still talking about abortion. "Look, I'm having a baby," I said. "You're either in or you're out. Make up your mind!" That was 1985 and we're still in it together.

Well done, Annie, for drawing together some good writing on the issues that beset 30-something love=searchers. Very readable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By purplestina25 on 11 Jan. 2012
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I'm a single (divorced) 33 year old woman with no intention of having children anytime soon (or possibly ever) and read this book with an open mind.

I like that the book is full of real-life womens' experiences that you can relate to rather than the usual dating books by 'experts' that usually conclude that there must be something wrong with you if you are single in your 30s. I certainly found some of the contributions thought-provoking and inspiring. There really is something for every 30-something single woman in this book, whatever your situation.

My only issue with this book is that there are a lot more contributions by long-term unmarried ladies in their late 30/40s with ticking biological clocks than younger divorcees like myself. I mostly skim-read the section about babies (as it's not relevant to me personally) but I do feel that the experiences and advice from these women would be incredibly helpul to other women in that position and I would probably read this section in more depth if I did suddenly find myself wanting to be a mum one day.

In general though, I did find this book helpful and it made me feel much better about my current 'marital status' and hopeful about what the future may hold.
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