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Other People's Marriages [Unabridged] [Paperback]

Shane Watson
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3 Feb 2006 0330490397 978-0330490399 1
A perceptive, acerbic and bitingly funny novel from the author of the highly acclaimed THE ONE TO WATCH

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  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; 1 edition (3 Feb 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330490397
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330490399
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,377,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Caustic and comical, you'll want to stick with it to see if happy endings beckon' -- In Style Magazine

'it is very readable, and decidedly cosy' -- Daily Mirror

'very readable, and decidedly cosy' -- Daily Mirror

‘Shane Watson makes some brilliant observations and is by turn funny and touching: I laughed out loud’ -- Woman and Home

‘pithy and well-observed’ -- Metro London

‘spot-on 30-something insights’ ‘The feel-good read’ -- Eve Magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Anna is working on what promises to be her breakthrough bestseller about marriage and what makes it work. Who doesn't want to peer through the keyhole of other peoples' relationships from the couple who've been together for years but aren't really talking, to the newly divorced pair who aren't quite separated? Some of Anna's friends have been eager to act as case studies: Ruth and Dave, the contented, unconventional, boho couple; resting actor Tony and his beautiful and controlled ex-wife Jean; Valerie and Archie, smug marrieds with two children. And then there's Anna herself, living a tranquil life with new man Richard in their pale minimalist flat. It should all be plain sailing, but Anna's carefully noted observations don't seem to tell the whole story - if these are the models for marriage twenty-first century style, why is it that, in each case, something is missing? As affairs, break ups and brief encounters ensue, Anna reflects that a project that should have been straightforward has turned out to be the catalyst for a monumental group mid-life crisis. And that's before she is invited to a wedding in the country and becomes involved in the lives of a very different couple. Deliciously warm and disturbingly true-to-life, OTHER PEOPLES' MARRIAGES is a terrific new novel from Shane Watson, a writer with a unique perspective on the way we live now. ‘Watson nails the nuances of female friendship brilliantly: the rivalry, the drunken camaraderie, the fine line between love and hate. She also understands about modern marriage and what a mess it can turn out to be. But modern satire is her forte’ Daily Mirror

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I have to admit that People Marriages is not really the sort of novel I'd normally read, but after picking it up and reading the first 20 pages, I was utterly hooked. It's like a grown-up, British version of Friends, following a group of couples through the ups and downs of their relationships and friendships. The novel manages to both be very funny and very true to life - it would be impossible not to recognise some of your own friends (and some of your own relationships!) in the characters drawn here. That's possibly the best thing about it, and why it works so well.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very grown up 24 Jan 2007
Format:Hardcover
This beautifully written book follows the lives and loves of Anna and her yoga practising boyfriend Richard, and their tight knit group of friends who Anna is using as case studies for her book about other peoples marriages; charity guru Valerie and her put upon husband Archie; Ruth and Dave (who just cant seem to grow up) and divorced couple Tony and Jean. Due to the ages and the lives of the characters it seemed a much more grown up book than those I normally read, and it took me much longer than I was expecting to get into. But thats not to say I didnt loose myself in the story eventually, which kept me engrossed right till the very end.
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