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50 Reasons to Say Goodbye [Paperback]

Nick Alexander
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16 May 2004
Mark is looking for love in all the wrong places. He always ignores the warning signs preferring to dream, time and again, that he has finally met the perfect lover until, one day, he really does! Through fifty adventures, Nick Alexander takes us on a tour of modern gay society: bars, night-clubs, blind dates, Internet dating! It's all here. Funny and moving by turn, 50 Reasons to Say "Goodbye", is ultimately a series of candidly vivid snapshots and a poignant exploration of that long winding road; the universal search for love. "A wonderful read - honest, moving, witty and really rather wise." - Time Out "Obstinately optimistic, balances passion with wit, whimsy and wisdom." - Book Marks "Will reset the boundaries for gay literature." - reFRESH Magazine "Truthful, moving, witty, optimistic..." - Gay Times "Gay literature at its most original and finest."- Axm Magazine Paperback: 156 Pages

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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu.com (16 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1411607546
  • ISBN-13: 978-1411607545
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 968,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I'm the author of ten novels:

The Fifty Reasons Series, following the life of lovelorn Mark
- 50 Reasons to Say Goodbye (2004)
- Sottopassaggio (2006)
- Good Thing, Bad Thing (2007)
- Better Than Easy (2009)
- Sleight Of Hand (2011)

Two novels featuring heroine CC
- The Case Of The Missing Boyfriend (2011)
- The French House (1st April 2013)

Two novels featuring Hannah
- The Half-Life of Hannah (2012)
- Other Halves (2013)

And the standalone novel
- 13:55 Eastern Standard Time (2008)

The Case Of The Missing Boyfriend was a huge kindle hit, reaching number #1 in Amazon's kindle chart, and remaining in the top ten for over six weeks. It was the 27th best selling ebook in the UK for the whole of 2011.

The Half-Life of Hannah also reached #1 and has sold over 260,000 copies to date.
The sequel, Other Halves, will be released on the 12th December, 2013.

I live in the southern French Alps with two mogs (Paloma-Paquita & Leon-Pedro), three (nameless) goldfish and a complete set of Almodovar films.

Visit me on http://www.nick-alexander.com

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Review

"An engaging, entertaining and intelligently written book, which will reset the boundaries for gay literature." -- David Tickner, reFRESH Magazine

A witty, polished collection of vignettes set around the
experience of gay dating. Order this snappy little number. -- Tim Teeman, The Times, 17 July 2004

A witty, polished collection of vignettes... Order this snappy little number. -- Tim Teeman, The Times, 17 July 2004

Alexander is an attentive and skilled writer, an immediately easy, speedy read... dry, wry, camp humour... This is exciting. -- Nadia Gilani, GingerBeer.co.uk, September 2004

Modern gay literature at its finest and most original. -- Axm Magazine, December 2004

This perceptive and obstinately optimistic book balances passion and pathos with wit that entertains, whimsy that charms, and wisdom
that engages. -- Richard Labonte, Book Marks

Truthful, moving, witty, optimistic... Disarmingly, honestly personal in a way that makes the book as a whole speak to everyone. -- Joe Storey-Scott,Gay Times, October 2004

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Through fifty different adventures, Nick Alexander takes us on a tour of modern gay society: bars, night-clubs, blind dates, Internet dating… It’s all here.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good read, but with a warning 23 Mar 2011
By Mole TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
When I downloaded this, I wasn't actually aware of what it was. The story is of a young man that slowly comes to terms with his sexuality. The individual chapters are of the various attempts that he makes to find love of a kind that is physically stimulating; but then he begins to understand that this does not always produce a love that is emotionally or pyschologically satisfying.

The book is brutally honest; he relates his feelings and in particular, his despondancy and thoughts of suicide as each new partner just fades away as inevitably as a one night stand. When he does finally find someone that makes him happy, fate plays a cruel trick; and he is back once again to the beginning.

If this was a book about straight people, people would compare it to Bridget Jone's Diary or others. As it is about gay men, some will immediately turn away. But I would suggest that you should read this whatever your particular preference. This is a book about real feelings and human frailities; and as such, most people should be able to relate to it.

Be aware that there are some very graphic descriptions of sexual practices including sado-masichism; it might not be suitable for the immature or younger readers. But hopefully, it will help you understand just how much of a stuggle, love, the most basic of human desires can be.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reasons To Read '50 Reasons' 21 Jan 2006
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This short novel is a must read for all gay men. It follows the history of Mark, as he searches for love and sex. Mark comes into contact with all types and situations as he cruises bars and that most perplexing of cruising mechanisms - the internet.
Nick Alexander has fashioned a novel that is at times moving, (I defy anyone not to relate to at least some of the incidents, emotions and insecurities) and at times laugh out loud funny. (Lets hope none of us ever goes home with the egg man.)
The book is written in episode form with short punchy chapters, (think Maupin's Tales Of The City) and so is perfect for those who want to pick up something for a few minutes to read before they settle down for some pleasant dreams, or for someone who can't put it down and needs to devour it all in one go.
Gay Literature should be as varied and complex as the gay community who read it. There is a place for the dark (Edmund White) the thought provoking (Patrick Gale)and now a new name who is also a recorder of the richness of gay experience - Nick Alexander.
Trust me. Don't let this one be the one that got away.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a drama for everyman 26 Mar 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have only recently discovered this author and after just having read The case of the Missing Boyfriend..also reviewed..I decided to try this. It's great. And it's great because he has the knack of creating drama from days and nights which are familiar to all of us. He ponders on loneliness, hope, despair, humour, lust, lack of love, fun, adventure, strange coincidence and all the little things in our lives which can become so important to us even when they shouldn't.
Mark (the protagonist) draws you in to his life and its easy to feel that you know him already because he really is a reflection of all of us.
Try this book, buy this book.....Loved it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 16 Jan 2006
Format:Paperback
I bought this book with no previous knowledge of it because it appeared in my recommendations list on amazon. I started reading it on a Wednesday evening and found it impossible to put down. I spent the whole of Thursday at work desperate to get home to carry on reading it. I am an avid reader but I haven't felt this excited about a book for years.
It tells the story of Mark and the successes and failures in his social and love life. It is a compelling and amusing read. This book is fiction at its best-beg, steal, borrow or preferably buy it-you won't be disappointed
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLY FANTASTIC ! 11 April 2005
Format:Paperback
Nick Alexander has written a novel of such IMPORTANCE that I UNEQUIVOCALLY and ENTHUISATICALLY recommend that every gay man read it. Is that important enough?........Mark, our hero, is on a life long journey seeking love, happiness, fulfillment; all the things most people seek in their life.. While on this monumental sojourn, he encounters, over a series of years, lust, weirdoes, passion, sterile sex, what pretends to be love, and a host of other liaisons that confound, confuse, and frustrate. He tries a variety of venues to meet his mate, none of which produces the desired results,... except one. That one hope lies in a casual response to his personal ad, but for a variety of variables, the contact is lost...until. As he gives up all hope of ever finding a "soul mate", fate intercedes, and intercedes, and intercedes; bringing to Mark much more than he ever anticipated. This is a story of one man's, and everyman's search for romantic and emotional happiness. This is a story of the enduring resiliency of man's search for personal meaning. This is a story of survival. IT IS A MUST READ!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart stoppingly good! 22 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read this book after reading 'The Half life of Hannah' and 'The French House.' I really enjoyed those books so I have decided to read all his work as he is a very gifted writer.
You will be drawn into this book totally and you will feel all the emotions of the central character 'Mark' on his quest to find real and lasting love. You will laugh, sigh, and cry your way though.
Read it, you won't regret it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heart warming
Great read that is true to real life ( i guess) but the underlining search for true love is one we can all relate to and identify with
Published 6 days ago by Roses
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Didn't finish - need to care about the main character and, sorry, I didn't!
Published 21 days ago by kat
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
A bit episodical!
Published 1 month ago by richard spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent yarn
This was a story that I could relate to and I wanted so much to be a friend of Mark's.
Published 1 month ago by Brian Kennedy
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Would no read any more of this authors books
Published 1 month ago by Dorothy Irwin - D Irwin
3.0 out of 5 stars Have read some brilliant books by this author
Have read some brilliant books by this author, unfortunately this was not one of them, I persevered until the end I felt like I was reading a diary of 50 (?) bad dates.
Published 2 months ago by Terri
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I enjoyed reading this book. The characters are interesting and I soon got drawn into their lives and experiences. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kevin Marsh
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Good
I read a lot of gay (and non gay !) fiction. I found this book shallow and irritating. It is no wonder the lead character is on an endless search for love as no one is going to... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. Christopher Gee
5.0 out of 5 stars Most enjoyable.
I really enjoyed the 50 Reasons series, in fact I started to reread them after only a few months! I would recommend them!
Published 6 months ago by Martyn Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, really enjoyed it
Something different, very frank, well written, loved it, hope the next four are just as good as this one has been.
Published 6 months ago by Alison
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