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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Orion; Abridged edition edition (16 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752891677
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752891675
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2.5 x 12.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,695,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jane Fallon is the multi-award-winning television producer behind shows such as This Life, Teachers and 20 Things to Do before You're 30. Her debut novel "Getting Rid of Matthew' was published in 2007 and became a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller as have her 3 subsequent books 'Got You Back', 'Foursome' and 'The Ugly Sister'.
Her 5th novel Skeletons is available now in both paperback and for Kindle.
Join Jane on Twitter - @thejanefallon

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`A fast and furious read' -- Eve, Jan 2007

`Great fun'
-- Woman&Home, Jan 2007

`Jane Fallon injects a smart edge into the chick-lit genre.' -- Instyle, Jan 2007

`Sparkling and unpredictable, a brilliant first novel.' -- Elle, Jan 2007

`a punchy piece of inverted chicklit' -- The Big Issue, Jan 2007 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The first novel from the producer who brought us THIS LIFE and TEACHERS. Abridged edition.

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Z. Davis on 22 Sept. 2007
Format: Paperback
When I saw the recent review which stated that it was a horrible book, I was expecting not to like it. But I thought it was a light hearted and funny read. I actually quite liked helen, yes she was selfish but arn't we all sometimes, and it makes a change for the main character not to be so heroic. I'd give it go, you just might like it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Deemus on 28 Aug. 2007
Format: Paperback
I have to say, I read some of the reviews and upon reflection I think that some of them are a little harsh.
I personally enjoyed it and found it a real page turner. The subject may not be to eveyone's liking but I found it a jolly good read!
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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful By A. Rose TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 April 2007
Format: Paperback
If your intrigue is mistresses and affairs then you'll love this book. It's witty and grown up, heartbreaking and sad, bitchy and friendly all at once. It's real life told from many viewpoints and talks a lot of truth and common sense. The main female, Helen, is the mistress and has been for a patient four years. Over a sad Christmas she decides that she's had enough and this is the end for her and Matthew, her boss, whilst Matthew also having a disastrous Christmas decides to leave his wife and two daughters and takes it for granted that he can move in with Helen. Without spoiling the rest of the story for any potential readers, it's quite obvious that Helen's difficulty is trying to get Matthew out of her home and regain her independence without hurting his feelings. I found this book unputdownable - it's an excellent story with loads of wit and clever humour, there's never a dull moment and I can't wait for a second novel from Jane Fallon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laura Dean on 22 Feb. 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I loved the premise behind this book, but it didn't quite work for me. For starters, there is not a single likeable character: Helen is self-absorbed, sad (with no hobbies except for watching tv), calls her friend at selfish times of day and expects her to just drop everything, resents her excitement at planning for her wedding, has an affair with a married man for four years, is rude to Helen-at-work (the only person who is nice to her) by avoiding going for lunch with her, sneering at the birthday present she is bought by her, and by spreading lies about her. Matthew is a conceited, arrogant, patronising serial adulterer. Even the wife in the story is an ex-mistress herself, responsible for wrecking the marriage of another married man with a child. The one person who should be likeable- the son of Matthew- is interested in Helen even when she knows he has slept with his dad! Had I at least been able to care for one of the characters, I might have enjoyed this book a lot more.

Plot-wise, it's laughable. Matthew's son is conveniently given another pet name by his step-mother, so that Helen doesn't realise who is he even after being introduced to him - and snogs him. Lovely! So she's seeing a married man and his son. Then, despite being absolutely despised at work and likely to be given the most horrendous reference, the author gets round this by having Helen land a cushy new job as a PR manager through a contact. On top of this, the son of her married lover is still keen despite knowing she has bedded his dad, and the stepmum (who had her husband stolen by Helen) not only gives the relationship her blessing but forgives Helen and brings her a birthday cake.

As for the 'hilarious' getting rid of Matthew stage (the Tena ladies and unshaved armpits which are promised on the blurb), well, this is the best bit yet lasts all of one page, before the author moves onto the plot of Helen getting to know Matthew's wife.

All in all, utterly silly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Thornton VINE VOICE on 26 Dec. 2007
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I enjoyed this book more than the average chick lit. The author has a distinctive writing style that is full of warmth and humour despite the sometimes difficult subject matter. I didn't feel that the plot was predictable and I enjoyed the twists and turns in the story. I also liked the way the author switched between the point of view of different characters (particularly Sophie) rather than focusing exclusively on Helen. This gave the story more depth.

Several reviewers have commented regarding the main character and how she is not always a very likeable person. This was actually something I really liked about the book: the honest presentation of a less-than-perfect woman was far more realistic than some of the too wonderful heroines of other novels in this genre. The book challenged my preconceptions about women who have affairs with married men and made me realise that things aren't always as obvious as they seem.

Overall this is unashamedly fluffy but very entertaining and a real page turner that makes ideal holiday reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Peter Steward on 28 Sept. 2008
Format: Paperback
Whilst this book will never win any prizes for literary merit, it has to be said that it is an extremely enjoyable and at time funny read.

A tale of morals, relationships, slip-ups and farce, it centres around Helen whose lover Matthew finally decides to move in with her after a relationship that has already last four years. Having asked for this time and time again, Helen suddenly realises that she no longer wants to live with Matthew. But how to get rid of him is the problem.

There are some very sharp and amusing passages as the plot unfolds and new relationships are forged, whilst others are destroyed. A light book, it does make some serious points and underlying this is the fact that it's simply a very enjoyable book which many people will devour at one or two sittings..
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