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How to Have an Almost Perfect Marriage Hardcover – 25 Oct 2012


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Unbound (25 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908717092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908717092
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mrs Fry's best one-liners are polished until they shine. --Daily Telegraph

The clever wordplay and gags keep coming - consistently funny. --Irish News

Buy the wife's book or I'll never hear the end of it. --Stephen Fry

About the Author

EDNA FRY is the long-suffering wife of Stephen and mother of his five, six or possibly seven children. Her first book, Mrs Fry's Diary - a frank and revealing insight into a year in the Fry household - received great critical claim and provoked a good deal of bemusement. Her talents are many and varied - her Spam Bourguignon has to be tasted to be believed, her poetry is unlike anything you will ever read and her childcare techniques legendary. And she manages all of this while carrying out her somewhat demanding wifely duties (especially on a Sunday morning). When not being a domestic goddess, literary marvel and carrying Stephen home from the pub, she likes to spend her time on Twitter (largely to keep an eye on her husband's fanciful announcements), where she won the prestigious 2010 Shorty Award for Funniest Tweeter. She also likes tea. A lot.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Josefa Lourido-Martinez on 14 Dec. 2012
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Loved the previous Mrs Fry and loving this one too... Quite a fun stocking filler present for any Christmas reader.
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I bought this book because I had previously purchased Mrs Fry's Diary and found it to be clever and good fun, so I had high hopes for this. To be honest I think that the author has made a mistake by not sticking with the diary format. Mrs Fry is famous for her Tweets and she excels at that format with her quick and witty posts, this is why the diary was a good read because she played to her strengths by giving us bite-sized morsels of fun. Unfortunately here she has moved away from that format and the book suffers as a result.
A lot of the humour you can see coming a mile off and after a while that starts to get annoying and destroys any sense of fun. Don't get me wrong every now and then she does come up with a good gag or observation which makes you laugh out loud, but these are few and far between. The book makes me think of those successful sitcoms which get turned into feature films and fall flat because they are designed to work over 30 minutes and not over hours. The same applies here, there seems to be a lot of padding in the book to get it to the right number of pages and there appears to be a desperation to try to fit in jokes - even if they are not very funny......or original.
In short, if you get it for a bargain then it is worth a read as it can be entertaining. But don't expect too much fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tiggrrrr on 24 May 2014
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I got this book as a wee present to cheer mydelf up. And by heck cheer me up it did. I am not going to give to much away but every married person should be given a copy of this on their wedding night. This will enable them to see what is ahead and how to handle it when it arises.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julie Spencer on 4 Dec. 2014
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If you're a Stephen Fry fan, this is definitely worthy or a read. However, if you're not a Fry fan you may find the factual creation of an Unbound writing works to be 'tongue in cheek' whilst filled with intermittent humour that often gets lost in its own interpretation and translation. A comic genre specifically geared at the over 30s. As mentioned, if you like Stephen Fry's humour, it is well worth the purchase, it is certainly fresh, new and creative. This is an unbiased review and I recommend the purchase, try the book for yourself, for it's attraction is subject only to the reader. An enjoyable book, yet for me, not a book for one sitting, but many.
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Love Steven Fry but book isn't as personable as he is. I expected sharp wit and charm but book is a bit hum drum and predictable.
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Rather a weird story of a fictional marriage. Something along the lines of Edna Everage or Mrs Merton. Mildly amusing.
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By Stewart Dudgeon on 30 Dec. 2014
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This book was an absolute joy to read, I could not put this book down and read it in a day
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This book had me giggling to myself and laughing out loud. I couldn't put it down.
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