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  • Paperback: 346 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; (Reissue) edition (4 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007204019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007204014
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,166,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Carol Clewlow began her career as a journalist, then wrote one of the seminal Lonely Planet travel guides, before turning to literary fiction and drama. Her first novel, the rapturously received Keeping the Faith, was shortlisted for the Whitebread First Novel Award, and her second - the bestselling A Woman's Guide to Adultery - was translated into 15 languages and turned into a television drama. Her third novel Love in the Modern Sense - and several of her short stories - have been produced on BBC Radio 4. She is also the author of One For the Money, performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, and Not Married, Not Bothered (HarperCollins).

Carol was the first Writer in Residence in a UK medical school, and is a founder member of Operating Theatre (www.operatingtheatre.org.uk) for whom she writes short plays on health and medical issues. She has recently completed her sixth novel, the masterly The Exit Strategy

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Review

Praise for ‘Not married, Not Bothered’:

'Witty and well written' The Times

Praise for Carol Clewlow's novels:

‘Dynamite: the sort of book which turns assumptions inside out, it should have a permanent place of honour beside every double bed…’ Kate Saunders, Sunday Times

‘If ever a novel could equal an affair, this one would be it …Erotic, compelling, painful and elating by turns, heady yet everyday, exquisite in its sensibilities, piercing in its perception.’ Fay Weldon

’I couldn’t put the novel down. It is a terrific story, beautifully crafted, grippingly told.’ Daily Mail

About the Author

Carol Clewlow's first novel Keeping the Faith was short listed for the Whitbread Prize, while her second, the best-selling A Woman's Guide to Adultery was translated into 15 languages and turned into a TV mini series. A further novel Love in the Modern Sense plus a number of her short stories have been broadcast on Radio 4 and a fourth, One For The Money performed at the Edinburgh Fringe. Not Married Not Bothered, her latest novel, will also be published in several other European countries. She lives and works in the North East of England.

Customer Reviews

2.5 out of 5 stars

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Mar. 2006
Format: Paperback
I was surprised to read the favourable reviews of this book. I found reading it like walking through treacle - I persevered hoping for better to come. Sadly it didn't. I had hoped for a celebration of singledom but sadly i found it more a litany of regret for lost love unborn children with the finger firmly pointed at her parents loathsome marriage for her own failure to sustain a relationship.
I suppose I had hoped for a witty celebration of girls nights out - the joy of sole ownership of the remote control etc.
Unfortunately not
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Nov. 2005
Format: Paperback
What a refreshing and book this is with such a unique style of writing! I couldn't put it down which is unusual for me. Wonderful humour and refreshing style that kept me reading with few breaks. I especially liked the copious footnotes of interesting facts and figures about spinsters, and many other things.
A wonderful antidote to the Bridget Jones novels- addressing the real topic of women who choose to live their lives happily fufilled and single. Addresses too the concept of the 'ticking clock ' and how women sometimes feel propelled into motherhood without standing back and realising that they honestly don't want children.
This is not an anti- men book, just a book from the heart from someone who seems to have real insight into what it is to be a woman.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By jan on 3 Mar. 2006
Format: Paperback
If you want to be depressed by these bitter ramblings, be my guest. This book gives happily single women a bad name. There I was thinking I'd found a like-minded spirit and found the same drivel dished out by most of the Bridget Jones-esque set - except this one served cold. There is more to life than being jealous of your mother, condescending to your friends (and readers) and projecting an aloof superiority. The title of this book is a con - don't be fooled into buying it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Harding - Author on 23 May 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Don't be put off by the negative reviews of people who sound like they were looking for some kind of chick lit. This is a fabulous novel by one of our best novelists. Just read her debut Keeping the Faith which has a similar subject to Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit but is ten times better. Think it won the old Whitbread Prize. This present offering is an intelligent, very funny and ultimately very moving book about what is involved in the single life for a woman. I absolutely adored it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Robinson on 17 Mar. 2006
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I was tempted to this book by the catchy title and hearing the author speak on radio 4, the book overall is good and does stretch readers with alot of facts about single women etc, it has a story round the central character Riley Gordon and her friends and family , including her difficult mother and her closeness with her late father, also many friends and relatives,love interests and travelling in her past. The annotations can be hard to follow at times. The book seems slow to start but gradually becomes a page turner and even though it is not my favourite book i felt compelled to see it through to the end. An interesting read, but really not quite what i expected which could be seen as either a positive or a negative !
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lipizzaner Nut on 21 Jan. 2006
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I bought this book hoping it would be an antidote to the extraordinarily fatuous Bridget Jones's Diary. But yet again I find a spineless female character droning on at tedious and occasionally unintelligble length about all her failed relationships (interspersed with a few statistics as seems the fashion these days). According to this book, single women spend just as much time obsessing about men and relationships as women with partners - which strikes you as even more futile considering none of the relationships actually work. When are we going to get a novel about a single woman that doesn't consist of a 300+ page justification for Why I Never Married? When are we going to get a novel about a single woman that is about her LIFE and not about the men she chased and failed to catch? (or, in a self-important delusion, about the men who chased her she managed cleverly to evade). Clue to Carol Clewlow (evidently she stands in need of a few) some, indeed many, single women manage to get through life without spending every waking minute trying to impress the men. Some do not feel the need to demonstrate their normality by cowering in the bosom of their families doting on other people's children. Some just get out there and live their own lives.
Perhaps it's a fault of the genre - a novel without love is a paradox. The statistics sit particularly uneasily in the novel because the polemic behind them - that single women are happier, healthier, and more fulfilled than their married peers - is immediately contradicted by the fictional narrative which depicts the spinster's most natural and absorbing occupation to be chasing men.
Another book about a faux single woman who spends her life trying to join the coupled majority - distinguishable from Bridget Jones only by her failure to do so. If you were hoping for a novel that would depict a happy single life filled with occupations other than the pursuit of men, this is not the book for you.
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