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Mr. Commitment [Paperback]

Mike Gayle
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3 Feb 2000
Duffy is engaged. He accepted Mel's proposal. But the trips to Ikea, dinner parties for couples and talk of babies are giving him itchy feet and now he's not sure if he can say goodbye to his extended adolescence and face up to that final walk down the aisle. How does he know if she's The One? Can he cope with responsibility? Does he have what it takes to become Mr Commitment? Because if he doesn't, he may just find that he's lost Mel - forever...

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; New Ed edition (3 Feb 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340718269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340718261
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Previously an Agony Uncle, Mike Gayle is a freelance journalist who has contributed to a variety of magazines including FHM, Sunday Times Style and Cosmopolitan. He is the author of eight previous bestselling novels.

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Her: "What if I told you I didn't love you any more?" Me: "I wouldn't believe you." Her: "But you wouldn't ever give up trying?" Me: "Nah. Some things you can't give up on, can you?"
Mike Gayle became the popular prince of romantic comedy overnight with his first bestselling novel My Legendary Girlfriend. With Mr Commitment he's back with a tale of the modern male that delivers its punchlines directly to the heart.

The world of aspiring stand-up comic Benjamin Dominic Duffy is shaken to its uncertain foundations when his adored girlfriend Mel revokes her previously held opinion of marriage as "an outmoded concept created by a patriarchal society to keep women in their place" and, on bent knee, proposes to him. Mel, "a living, breathing, moving version of Chrissie Hynde singing "Brass in Pocket"," is the girl of his dreams--but Duffy's dilemma is that marriage is still his worst nightmare. Dan, his best friend, flatmate and fellow bath-dodger counsels him to retain The Ways of the Bachelor, while Mel's best friend Julie--known as Nosferatu due to her bloodless dislike of all things Duffy--urges her to rebuff his increasingly desperate attempts to regain her affections. When a blissful reunion is sabotaged by domestic rites of passage through IKEA, Duffy resolves to "become a bachelor boy like Dan--a superstud of seduction, a he-who-will-never-again-come- off-worse-with-the-chicks, a righteous dude committed to anything but commitment." But when even TV's Hottest Totty media-babe Alexa Wells cannot help him become a success as a stand- up--in more ways than one--Duffy begins to wonder if he's given up all for nothing.

Gayle has an eye for the soulful romance and wry comedy in the utterly ordinary, and Mr Commitment marries heartfulness and hilarity with a yearning that stops comfortably short of the sentimental. --Rachel Holmes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.



Something near to mid-period Woody Allen...a delicate blend of realism and whimsy...funny and clever...refreshing to find a male writer working in this genre (Guardian on MR COMMITMENT)

Uputdownable...coloured with cool, rueful wit (She)

'Something near to mid-period Woody Allen...a delicate blend of realism and whimsy...funny and clever...refreshing to find a male writer working in this genre'


Told in an easy, chatty style..the lighter moments in Mr Commitment say more about what's wrong with the modern twentysomething male than any amount of earnest introspection ever could (Express)

'Told in an easy, chatty style..the lighter moments in Mr Commitment say more about what's wrong with the modern twentysomething male than any amount of earnest introspection ever could'


Comic...fizzy. Here comes the male Bridget Jones (Mirror on MY LEGENDARY GIRLFRIEND)

'Uputdownable...coloured with cool, rueful wit'


'Would you swap your fridge full of beer and an eclectic record collection for trips to Ikea and a series of dull dinner parties? Would you hell!'

Pick of the Week, Marie Claire

Full of belly-laughs and painfully acute observations (Independent on Sunday on MY LEGENDARY GIRLFRIEND)

'Gayle's book has the ability to touch the parts other books fail to reach...the funny bits will make you laugh out loud while the beautiful moments will make you remember all those you've loved before...Unmissable'


'Incredibly's so rare to find a man writing easy-reading books about relationships'

The Oxford Times

'A soulful romance and wry comedy that stops comfortably short of the sentimental' Birmingham Evening Mail

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Amazing 9 April 2000
By A Customer
I found this book to be amazing. It is perfectly written so that you really feel you are part of the story, its so easy to relate to most of it, theres something for everyone in here. I could hardly put it down, in fact i think i only did once, but then it was 3 in the morning. I think it sums up life for men at the moment, and the way women see us. Although as a whole most men aren't leaping for joy at the sound of commitment we are not opposed to it, we just dont realise we have it and dont need to show it in an open manner. Best book i have read in such a long time and always a joy to go back to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MIKE GAYLE IS 'IMPLY THE BEST'! 29 July 2000
I read 'My Legendary Girlfriend' and thought that it was a brilliant book and I couldn't wait to read Mike Gayle's other books. So when I picked up 'Mr.Committment' (on Wednesday) and 'turning Thrity' (on Friday), I couldn't wait to read them. I decided to read 'Mr.Committment' first and Mike Gayle did not dissapoint me, this book is brilliant and gives great insight to the fear that men (or women but in this case men)have towards committment. If you haven't read this book then you should definitely get yourself a copy and have a couple hours to spare to read the book, its a really quick book to read (I'm a slow reader and it took me less than 5 hrs with breaks in between to finish it) once you open the book you will not be able to put it down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous, marvellous, marvellous, marvellous! 25 Mar 2000
By A Customer
This book was brilliant, I too read this in the space of an afternoon and blubbed my way from the bit where he watches ET right through to the end. The characters are perfectly described and after a while you forget you don't actually know them yourself. Absolutely brilliant, even the boyfriend read it and couldn't stop talking about it for days - there's an achievement believe me. On a completely random note - it was refreshing to read a story where the main character actually adores his/her mother and doesn't have to go on about a stereotypical nagging old woman, very nice indeed. Anyone who has reviewed this in a negative way obviously has no sense of humour so ignore them, they are pants.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I don't like other people's navels. 15 Dec 1999
By A Customer
Look at yourself in the mirror. Talk about you, the clothes you wear, your favourite colours, in a dull, boring fashion. On no account provide any insight or say anything thoughtful. If there is anything with which you are struggling, substitute a few cliches and laugh loudly whilst saying them. Tape what you have, transcribe it, and hey presto! You've got a novel!
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2.0 out of 5 stars I am very sorry but I did not like it that much 16 July 2013
This is the second book Ive read of him and the first one was hilarious, very funny and a good read. I had high hopes of this one. I was disapointed. The first chapter was sooo funny I though "THATs IT, a good book". Then it all went down. Very predictable - first of all. And the characters... I hate Mel. I would not marry her and I could not warm to her. It was not explained why we have to like her. It was just said that she is amazing, the best thing happened to him. But I dont see it why. I think he forgotten to write about her. So I remained hating her. And Julie. Even in the end. It was soooo lame anyway... And when it comes to Duffy.... All he could do is just apologize for EVERYTHING. Mostly for the things he shouldnt have!! Like the IKEA insident. That was a joke!! She was a bitch and he was a push over. A major one! Than it was all his fault and he apologized!!!! Half of the time he had something to say: HE DIDNT!!!
Very bad experience, I was bored like hell and couldnt wait to finish this book. Sorry about that. The other book was brilliant! (brand new friend)
Ill give this to a charity shop.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 2 July 2013
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This little gold nugget made for an interesting read, I don't often read books written by men because they lack the romantic spin I crave in my reading. However, this made for an interesting prospective and opened my eyes somewhat on how men think. I found it tough at times because the main character was a bit stupid in his actions but I think that comes from being a woman and not understanding the thought process men seem to use!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet 28 Jun 2013
By Bubble
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Sweet, light hearted, amusing and true to life. We all go through that stage which so clearly described in the book. The characters were funny, silly and likeable, not at all perfect in a good way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chic lit from a male point of view 15 July 2012
By misty
I didn't think it would be possible for a man to write a good romance, especially as it's written from the man's point of view, but Mike Gayle has accomplished it. I found this book easy to read and very true to life. The story really keeps your interest. You won't want to put it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun book with characters you can relate to
So I'm not a big fan of male indecisiveness, but I must say that this book made me feel for the main male character and understand his mentality. Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2012 by millyem
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but far from perfect
I have to disagree with the other reviewers! I have only read one other book by Gayle (HIs 'n' Hers) and I found it much better than Mr Commitment. Read more
Published on 19 May 2006 by Sarah Durston
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!
That is the first word that came to my mind as I finished Mike Gayle's `MR. COMMITMENT'. I never imagined that I would describe a chick-lit novel written by a man as being... Read more
Published on 16 Oct 2005 by DevJohn01
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and heartwarming book. Ideal for a holiday read!
I have picked up this book while on holiday in Corfu form the library by the pool and from the first few pages, I just couldn't put it down! I have finished it in two days. Read more
Published on 28 July 2004 by M Frega
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You
OH MY GOD! If ever a novel was true to life then Mike Gayles 'Mr Commitment has to be it. Having read his first book 'My lengendry Girlfriend' and been quite impressed this second... Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2003 by AshRoseUK
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Rib Tickler from Gayle
Well done once again Mr Gayle. Very easy read, unputdownable and hilarious in places. The book strikes real issues in such a witty observational way. Read more
Published on 28 Dec 2002 by Andy Mason
1.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight, self-aggrandising nonsense
I could not believe my eyes when I read the reviews already posted for this novel and was moved to write my very first review on this site in response. Read more
Published on 16 Dec 2002 by "fedjelly"
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read if you dont want your emotions challenged.
A light read- the stuff of typical romantic comedy. right from the start, the character of duffy seemed strangely familar. Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2002 by
5.0 out of 5 stars Delivers on it's promises
Mike Gayle has, yet again, delivered a cracking piece of literature in Mr Commitment.
Like all of Gayle's novels, the basic premise is this: Life is game, in which men don't... Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2002
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