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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: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 349,937 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.

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Praise for MR COMMITMENT

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'

Guardian



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'

Express



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

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

She



'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'

B-Magazine



'Incredibly successful...it'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 By A Customer on 9 April 2000
Format: Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By vikki_us@yahoo.com on 29 July 2000
Format: Paperback
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 By A Customer on 25 Mar. 2000
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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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By DevJohn01 on 16 Oct. 2005
Format: Paperback
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 "perfect" but `MR. COMMITMENT' truly was just that. Mike Gayle did not fall short in any aspects of this book, the plot was well though out, it was not totally predictable, the characters were all well developed and he did not rush the ending, the book made me laugh out loud at times and brought a tear to my eyes at others. All of these things together, in my opinion, make for an ideal book, one that you just don't want to end.
`MR. COMMITMENT' gives the reader a hilarious yet touching view of relationships from the male perspective. The story of comedian Ben Duffy begins when his girlfriend of four years Mel wants to take their relationship to the next level and get married. They are twenty-eight years old and know each other inside and out so in her opinion marriage is the next logical step. However, marriage is the furthest thing from Duffy's mind. He loves Mel more than anything in the world but he doesn't fee that he can commit to anything more that two weeks together at a vacation resort. So when Mel brings up marriage Duffy wants to be able to commit and knows that it is indeed time but just cant bring himself to make a lifelong commitment to Mel. So they decide to go their separate ways after which Duffy soon realizes that his fear of commitment may have cost him the love of his life.
I didn't expect to love this book as much as I did but Ben Duffy's journey into the land of adulthood was completely absorbing and getting the story from a male perspective was a refreshing way to shake up the genre a little bit. Mike Gayle is definitely giving chick-lit icons such as Ms. Green and Ms. Fielding a run for their money! Well done Mr. Gayle!
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By A Customer on 11 April 2001
Format: Paperback
My then boyfriend brought this book home in its brown paper bag and would not let me see it - all he said was "You could read it after me". All he would give me was the initial quote in the front from Martina which left me a little worried (oh my god, maybe he gone the other way - no not that way, the deep and meaningful way) but he was adament he would get through it first so I left him to it.
Finally he had finished the book and I was somewhat relieved to finally have it in my hands, just to see what all the fuss was about.
This book.... wow. What a true to life encounter it was, I felt as though Mike was describing my partner in stages, yes I laughed, got frustrated and I shook my head agreeing with a lot of things he stated. I still to this day have not been able to forget about the "every man has the Daisy Duke fantasy" and can still hear the groining noises and see the smugness on his face.
It is hard to believe but my partner and I often still sit and discuss certain things about this book and in some ways feel that it has given us an insite into each others feelings, dreams and expectations and yes it is all due to this book. I have recommended to family and friends, both male and female, especially those who tend to be a little fearful of commitment.
All I can say is, once every man realises they are not going to marry Daisy and get on with it so to say,we are all better off. Oh and that then boyfriend finally bit the bullet and is now my husband.
Do yourself a favour and read the others by Mike Gayle, he is fab.
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