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Rubber Gloves or Jimmy Choos [Paperback]

Faith Bleasdale
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6 Jun 2000

Ruth's daydreams of merrily shackling herself to the kitchen sink in the name of marital bliss are shattered. Her boyfriend dumps her on graduation day with a ticket to the world and a new future in his pocket. As if it wasn't tough enough living happily ever after in the world outside the student bar.

Turning to friends, all equally baffled with the what-next syndrome, Ruth sets out on a mission to snare herself a suitable husband - inevitably sleeping herself into a disaster zone. Together, the graduates chart a path of self discovery and destruction through the suited and booted high and low life of London town. With hilarious consequences, terrible sex and a stare in the face of reality, they all work it out with the most unlikely conclusions.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; 2 edition (6 Jun 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340768150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340768150
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,616,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Faith was born in Sussex but grew up in North Devon. She studied History (still a passion of hers), at Bristol University and then she moved to London. After trying and failing at a long succession of jobs she returned to her first love of writing and in 2000 she published her first novel, 'Rubber Gloves or Jimmy Choos?' She subsequently published five more books and is about to publish her seventh.

In 2004 she moved to Singapore and attempted being an Expat wife for a while. Finding that although pretty good at the drinking gin & Tonics, she wasn't much cop at tennis or throwing dinner parties so she returned, single, to London, sad to leave Singapore but pleased to see her favourite City again. After a while of adjusting to her new single life, she decided to write about her dating exploits in a column and managed to make Bridget Jones look like a dating expert.

After giving up dating, and the column, she returned to North Devon to give birth to her first child, Xavier, and thus a new chapter in her story began. She is currently still living in North Devon, (although about to move to Somerset), with her four year old and her new husband.

Having gone from party girl to domestic Goddess-very-much-in-training, 2013 is very much about nurturing her child, working, publishing two new books, and also learning to make jam.

As well as her books, Faith has written for various publications including, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, The Sunday Times Travel, The financial Mail, Tatler Singapore, Cleo Singapore and various local publications. Whilst in Singapore she was also an agony aunt for Cleo Singapore.

She is also a contributing editor for

'Happily Ever After,' an e-book published in April 2013, is her first work of non-fiction.

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Amazon Review

Rubber Gloves & Jimmy Choos? observes the highs and lows in the lives of a group of twentysomething girls, newly arrived in London, as they try to adapt and fit into the urban scene. Ruth and her flatmates Sophie, Sarah and Jess are just out of university and suffering from "what-next syndrome?". Ruth, the lead character, devastated by the break up of her long-term relationship at 21, drifts to London, drifts into a job and drifts into a series of one-night stands. As she and her friends navigate their paths through bars, recruitment agencies and flats of unknown men, the reader is treated to a bird's-eye-view of relations between the sexes.

As Bleasdale's book treads its well-worn route, it does take one interesting detour, which is the prologue to each chapter--surreal interludes, consisting of dreams, fantasies and nonsense--that set the agenda for the upcoming pages. These sharp shifts to fantasy can be viewed humorously, mockingly or otherwise. Either way, they stand out: "A little man approached me. He was very fat and very red. He introduced himself as the devil. He asked me if I would sell him my soul ... We struck a deal. I can't tell you what life is like without my soul, because I can't remember what it was like with it." If, however, jimmy choos aren't your thing and rubber gloves are so passé, but you're still a city girl at heart, Wendy Holden's Simply Divine, Helen Fielding's Cause Celeb and Patricia Scanlan'sCity Girl may be designed just for you. --Nicola Perry


Riotously funny (Company)

A steamy rampage through London . . . No bed is left unturned in this brilliant comedy (The Mirror)

What-next romp for the twenty somethings (The Bookseller, Star Ratings)

A light and entertaining novel . . . many a twentysomething will empathize (Scotland on Sunday)

Fast-paced and wickedly funny (Heat, on Pinstripes)

Girl power which will make you giggle. A lot. (Company, on Pinstripes)

Sparks fly . . . this is a juicy reality TV read (Heat, on Peep Show)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow, long and not very entertaining 26 Dec 2002
By A Customer
After reading a few varying reviews, I thought I would give the book a go. Armed with a few days filled with nothing to do, I began reading the debut novel by Faith Bleasdale. The subject matter seemed something I could possibly relate to, having just graduated from university. However, the university that each and every selfish and self centered character in this book attended, was certainly not one I had ever heard of.
From page one, the incessant and annoying ramblings of the main character Ruth, made me want to slap her. Add to that one equally annoying ex boyfriend and three 'one dimensional' flat mates and the result is a book which both bored and irritated me.
I persevered however, through each and every ridiculous one night stand and 'relationship' until I finally reached the end.
The book did have a few good parts, but I felt the development of characters, other than Katie, were severely lacking.
I had already read the second installment by Ms Bleasdale 'Pinstripes', which is altogether a much more accomplished and well rounded novel. So if you have only read this one and been put off for life, I would recommend having a look at her second offering. Much better!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I loved this book, consuming it within a couple of days. I have grown sick of some of the more predictable Lager Saga type novels focussing around girls who always get their man, so this novel made a refreshing change. Initially the main character annoyed me, but I soon came to recognise quite frightening similarities between myself and Ruth and I am sure anyone else who reads the novel would agree (drama queens anyone? ). The dialogue was excellent, I laughed out loud in many places, whilst feeling quite emotional towards the end! When is the next book out Faith?
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A funny and introspective look into the life of a young woman suffering trials and tribulations of an unfair world. Faith Bleasdale captures Ruths feelings and emotions and you can't help but laugh out loud while being taken on Ruths journey to find a man - any man, that will marry her and take her away from life on her own paypacket!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I was so disappointed with this book - I'd read a few reviews and it sounded interesting. But I found myself getting really frustrated with Ruth and her complete lack of 'get up and go'. The idea of a young uni graduate wanting to do nothing but snare a man and look after him and not be interested in a career at all just seemed so implausible. My own student days ended about 10 years ago and I certainly don't remember any of my friends and colleagues being like Ruth! I kept on with the book right to the end which was actually better than I'd expected. The self-pitying tone of this novel reminded me of 'Closure' by Sarah Harris - another irritating read!
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