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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd (2 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844002233
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844002238
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 15.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 437,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Liz Jones' Diary is candid, observant, and for that reason, laugh-out-loud funny." -- Sunday Times Culture, September 18th, 2005

"With this book she will irritate, nag and obsess her way into the hearts of many readers." -- The Times, September 3rd, 2005

About the Author

Liz Jones is the original single girl about town. She started writing a column about being single in the Sunday Times, which was followed by a column in Guardian Weekend about falling in love and, finally, getting married. Liz now has a hugely popular weekly column in the Mail on Sunday's YOU magazine about living (fairly) happily ever after. She is a former editor of Marie Claire, and is the current features editor of the Evening Standard. Liz lives in London with her husband and their three (now quite famous) cats.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By a reader on 20 Jun 2006
Format: Paperback
Liz and Nirpal seem like opposites. They are, in many ways, but the glue that keeps them together is that they need each other.

Liz is a former anorexic fashionista who adores her cats. She's a vegetarian. Her anal-retentive tendencies (to which she fully admits) grate after a while, as do the obsessive details about beauty products used/ bedlinen bought etc. But it's essential to help you get a feel for her character. But contrary to how other readers have described her in other reviews, she doesn't come across as "mad". A bit eccentric, perhaps, but her kind heart and longing for love are every bit as normal and ordinary as those of any woman, and that's what so many people who read her column can relate to.

Moving on to The Husband, I had expected to resent Nirpal, based on an interview he did about being "the most hated guy in the UK" and on other stuff he's written (and also on comments about him on British Asian websites).

Instead, I found a very complex rendering of a very real man. He loves his wife, but feels trapped in marriage. He can be callous to her emotional needs (he seems to despise anything sentimental, having had a tough upbringing). But he's also gentle to her cats, inconsolable when his friend dies, etc.

They are both flawed people who, somehow, need each other. Their relationship seems like fiction, but the dynamics are so human.

I wholeheartedly recommend this book. And, at the risk of sounding like Jerry Springer's Final Word I wish both of them the best of luck in the choices they end up making.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By sam155 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Jun 2006
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I never thought that the intimate minutiae of someone else's relationship could be so addictively page turning. I received this from Amazon two days ago and cannot put it down. On some pages I am on her side- he is exasperating and thick skinned and seems to think marriage is simply an upgrade in accommodation. On the next page, I can see his point- she is uptight and obsessively tidy with the rigidity of rules and laws that are often unique to those who have been accustomed to their own space for many years. She brings the definition of high maintenance to its kness and invents new levels of it. She is frustrated when he fails to read her complex unspoken list of wants.

However, what is inescapably likeable about Liz Jones is that she is searingly honest and innately herself with every word- albeit it an occcasionally whiny, insecure self. She does not try to be anyone else and produces some artlessly laugh out loud dialogue. For all her experience and her media savvy career, there is a touching naivite about this woman who has only had four boyfriends in her life before her husband. Her gratitude is palpable.

Sometimes you feel like shouting at her but at the same time, you can't help liking a woman who treats her cats like royalty and isn't afraid to say that she cries or that she feels silly.

I highly recommend this as an intriguing read that feels like a long phone call with a friend, that will regularly change your opinions moment by moment.

I ended up liking both parties, and the four cats.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Sep 2005
Format: Hardcover
If you love Liz Jones's column that appears in YOU magazine with the Mail on Sunday, then you can't miss this book, which charts how journalist Liz Jones met her husband and the ups and downs of their married life. There are some great laugh out loud moments, but bearing in mind the characters are all real, sometimes it just seems very sad. Once you've finished the book, you'll feel like you know Liz, Nirpal (and the cats!) and care very much about what happens next...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Nov 2007
Format: Paperback
I don't really know how funny this book is meant to be. This is taken from the column that Jones' writes, chronicling her own life, and is intensely personal. The fact that she is so needy, so anal, and so enmeshed in a tragically horrible marriage is all kind of horrible, and yet, you find yourself laughing aloud a lot of the time, and I'm not really sure why. This is a bit like what would happen if Bridget Jones were real, and really did marry Mark Darcy, rather than the fairy tale ending the book allows her. This is a human soul laid bare, and it is both tragic and totally hilarious.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. Bently VINE VOICE on 24 Jun 2006
Format: Paperback
I first read Liz Jones in her Mail on Sunday newspaper column and the good news is that her book is just as witty and poignant as her journalism. Some people may be put off by her hedonistic attitude to life (I never know whether her penchance for organic rainwater is a joke or not) but anyone who is a fan of Carrie Bradshaw or Bridget Jones will find much to appreciate here. The difference is of course that Liz Jones is for real.

I particularly like her descriptions of her cats and her eye for detail. She's not afraid to mock either herself or her closest friends and I burst into laughter when reading about her husband's trainer collection and her obssession with respecting the "civil rights" of her cats.

But this diary is something of a rollercoaster ride of emotion too as Jones must decide whether she is willing to sacrifice her eccentric, single life for a chance of married bliss and faces the dilemma of whether she has left it too late to have children. Her vulnerability and perfect prose make this book something of a gem. It is summer reading to savour.
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