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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (2 Mar. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074727102X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747271024
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 23.3 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,397,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Girlfriend 44 supplies a sharp, sardonic study of one man's slant on relations between the sexes. Laddish, thirtysomething Harry is still looking for the woman of his dreams, after 43 failed attempts. When his mate Farley apparently commits suicide over a girl called Alice, Harry sets his sights on the bereaved, convinced that she's the woman of his dreams. There's just one small catch--his best mate Gerrard is equally convinced that she's the only one for him and so the contest commences. A battle not so much of wits as of puerile one-upmanship ensues as the pair project their own needs and desires onto the object of their fantasies. Sporting metaphors are served up fast and furious in this rogues' rally:
"So by cutting the levity ... he brought the fight onto his own territory. Even if he failed ... he would still be there, like a tennis player hanging on in a demanding rally, biding his time to regain the centre of the court."
With its sharp one-liners, witty observations and vivid characterisations, Mark Barrowcliffe's first novel Girlfriend 44 presents a provocative insight into the male psyche. --Nicola Perry

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Sharp and funny (Loaded)

'Marvellous... This stunning debut is witty, genuinely funny...and so pacy you can't put it down' Rob Cassey, Gardners

'One of the best first novels I have read for years... Packed full of sharp one-liners and brilliantly funny observations' David Wilkerson, Heffers, Cambridge

'A hilarious debut novel in the tradition of Men Behaving Badly' Publishing News

'Acutely embarrassing observations on male/female relations... Compelling in its humorous characterisation... It reads like a film' Publishing News

'Full of one liners so hysterically funny you'll be reduced to making embarrassing noises on public transport' New Weekly (Aus)



Dazzlingly funny and oh so true... (Jill Mansell)

Funny, sharp and so realistic you think you know all the characters... We loved GIRLFRIEND 44 so much (New Woman)

Hilarious... [Barrowcliffe is] an assured stylist with a lively, wordy wit (Independent on Sunday)

I howled with laughter... Lively, witty and upbeat... If you've got any sense of humour at all you'll be hard pushed to get through GIRLFRIEND 44 without laughing out loud (Mirror)

A natural chronicler of the love-lorn male (The Times)

Smart and funny (Cosmopolitan)

A hilarious read (Company)

Fresh, funny (PS Magazine)

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3.5 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By hippriest on 26 Aug. 2002
Format: Paperback
On the plus side: this is laddishly and arrogantly un-pc ...... and (mostly) refreshing for that. The one liners are often wickedly profound: there's a bit about one's own opinions (when en-route to drunken-ness) that knocked me sideways in it's honesty. This book is hugely endowed with witty similies - have a notebook handy to jot them down for use in the pub.
On the minus side: those aforementioned similies are sometimes a tad overdone, and crop up on almost every page. Succint it aint - witness the intro. which spends an age building up the characters around basically a rather mundane breakfast scene. Believabilty is somewhat stretched at many junctures - and, as for the end, well I won't give anything away.....judge for yourself!
This is "pretty damn readable without being totally addictive" fare - more of a handbook in witty put-downs that hangs on a pretty threadbare and inplausible plot than a full-blown, bona fide novel revolving around a good story
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Jan. 2001
Format: Paperback
I read this book under sufferance, as the girl who sits opposite me at work kept telling me how good it was. I hated the cover but gave in, mainly to stop her reading bits out to me. I can honestly say I have never read anything funnier in my life. The only time I have ever laughed this much was when I first saw Fawlty Towers. Barrowcliffe is just soooo honest and perceptive about blokes. His one liners blow Woody Allen out of the water and his characters are so true to life that if I didn't know better I'd swear he'd been spying on me and my mates. The only thing is that no one I know has ever been that witty. I don't want to spoil things for other readers but the main message, that even when all your dreams come true you can still make a mess of it all just by being yourself was very true. I could really see myself making exactly the same mistakes that Harry does, even if I was lucky enough to meet a girl like Alice. The one criticism that I have is that I wish they hadn't put it in that awful cover. It looks exactly like just another girly book with soppy characters and everyone unrealistically nice to each other all the time. It's much more than that and I think it has some serious things to say, particularly about how competitive blokes are, as well as being a great story. I'm sure a lot of people who would enjoy it will be put off by the cover before they pick it up. Apart from that it was absolutely brilliant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Mar. 2000
Format: Paperback
To be honest I did not think that this book would be my usual cup of tea. I hated Bridget Jones' Diary as it was boring and stereotypically bland. Added to which a big chunky bright green paperback is not the sort of thing that I would normally want cluttering up my handbag.
However, a friend of mine recommended it so I thought that I would give Girlfriend 44 a try. Imagine my delight at discovering this gem of dark humour.
Usually any book that tackles the whole string of issues surrounding finding the perfect relationship all focus on the female perspective. How refreshing to discover that men can be as obsessive, neurotic, self conscious and devious as women!
This book should carry a health warning and anyone who embarrasses easily should not read it in public. You will laugh out loud, I guarantee it (this is not always appreciated by fellow commuters who look completely miserable at 7.30am) Mark Barrowcliffe makes a description of the contents of a bin funny (not to mention a metaphor for a power struggle within a friendship)
The characters are so well rounded that I like to think that Gerrard and Harry really exist (in which case they will definitely not be on speaking terms with the author any more!). Their eccentricites ring note-perfectly true.
Anyone with a boring or stressful day to day life should read this book - you deserve a treat and this novel will give your funny bone a thorough tickling.
With his first novel Mark Barrowcliffe has proved that he is a writer to watch out for in the future. A star has been born in sunny London! I am determined (and impatient) to get his next novel and will have it in my grubby little hands the day that it comes out.
Come on Mark, hurry up, we want more!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Oct. 2000
Format: Paperback
Best book I've read in AGES...
To be honest, I'm pretty sick of the "Bridget Jones" type novels, full over boring characters that do nothing but whinge! - - BUT, THIS BOOK REALLY IS DIFFERENT ... full of superb observations and characters which really come to life - to be honest, I was sorry to finish it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By archiebabes@aol.com on 7 Jan. 2001
Format: Paperback
What a depressing and unhappy book. How awful if this is what men are really like, I would rather stay single. I felt soiled after reading this. I only stuck with it to the end to ensure that Harry got his comeuppance. Truly terrible
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Nov. 2000
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I bought this book almost at random in an English bookshop in Rome.I was very intrigued by the plot described in the cover and very curious to know something about the attitude of the British male towards women and relationships and I read it also for analitic comparison to other European types.
Even though the dialogues and the description of events are undoubtedly very funny, the image that the reader gets of the typical British man is not a very positive one in the end.
I was surprised to notice how easily the immaturity syndrome affect them and sadly prevent these men from having a functional and lasting relationship with a woman. On top of that, the British men of the book seem to respond to very primitive sexual impulses probably triggered by addictive alcohol abuse and general unhealthy lifestyle.
Henry and his roomate sound so predictable in their choice of an ideal girlfriend which has to resemble a Barbie-stereotyped girl... the only one able to break temporarily into their hopeless dating routine. A book to sit back and read on a sunny day on the beach.
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