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I'd Rather be Single Than Settle: Satisfied Solitude and How to Achieve it Paperback – 21 Sep 2006

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Fusion Press (21 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904132987
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904132981
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 452,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Emily Dubberley writes primarily about sex, love, relationships and psychology. She has had 25 books internationally published, written five DVD scripts and had articles published worldwide.

After being short-listed for the Cosmopolitan Journalism Scholarship, and the Company Fiction Writer Award, she founded in 2001; the UK's original erotica website for women - now for all. It also includes sex education, sex science, news and style alongside original erotica.

Emily founded the Lovers' Guide, Scarlet and EK magazines. She has written for numerous publications including Cosmopolitan, Grazia, FHM, Elle, Men's Health, The Guardian, The Star and Glamour. She wrote/co-wrote the five most recent Lovers' Guide videos and helped create She also wrote for the Joan Rivers Position on Channel 5.

In her spare time, she helps curate Brighton Science Festival and runs Grow Eat Gift (, an urban gardening and crafting website. For more information see

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At last, here is a book that explodes the myth that in order to be a complete person you need to be in a relationship. With quizzes and interviews, Dubberley examines the positive aspects of the single life. From being home alone to the working environment, from socialising to dealing with friends and family - Dubberley proves that being single can be fun and a positive life choice. If Mr Right comes along then fine but until then no-one should settle for second best.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Lucy Felthouse VINE VOICE on 14 Dec. 2007
Format: Paperback
Well, Ms. Dubberley has done it again. Another book on a controversial topic, and she's made a damn fine job of it. Given this book is classed as a 'non-fiction/self-help' book, you would be forgiven for thinking it smacks of desperation and depression. Not so. Far from it, in fact. I'd Rather Be Single Than Settle is a fantastic book about relationships, and how some people may 'settle' - meaning settle for someone who is less than perfect for you - rather than be single. But this is also not a man-bashing book. Emily is not trying to say that all relationships are bad and everyone should be alone, the whole point of the book is to emphasise that you can be perfectly happy as a single person as well as in a couple. The 'bad' part is settling for second best just to avoid being single.

So, this book takes you through every aspect of relationships, and lack of them. It does a great job of boosting the self-esteem, as it reminds the reader that just because they are single, doesn't mean they are living half a life. It encourages going out and meeting new people, pampering, spending time alone, with family and friends, and even has a section on sex and masturbation. Emphasis is firmly placed on the fact that single people can be just as happy as attached people, if not more so. Reasons given include; you don't have to deal with anyone else's family/friends/baggage; you can do what you want, when you want; career minded gals have no-one moaning at them for working too hard... the list is endless. In fact, there are so many reasons in this book for being single, that I wouldn't recommend attached people read it, because they might just be tempted to ditch their partner anyway!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By chilled out girl on 31 Oct. 2009
Format: Paperback
I was delighted to find a book for women like me - who have got options but CHOOSE to be single for a while. If only all my married friends would read this book too and stop pitying my single status. If you're single and struggling with it I totally recommend this book to cheer you up and help you feel more positive. I also recommend Single and Fabulous: Feel Fabulous When You're Single (Space To Be - Love Range) as a relaxing CD that makes you feel great about being single on those dfays when you wish you had someone special to come home to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 14 Oct. 2011
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I slightly cringed when I brought this book because of the title. And only read it in private and not on the bus on the way to work. But it was actaully OK. Infact a few things in this book where massive and made me realise a few things that were totally unconscious to me. Such as the fact that I was looking for my own self esteem rather that a boyfriend, and since then I have been on a journey to increase it. I think if you are obsessed with finding a boyfriend and think your life isnt complete without one then you should give this book a read.
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