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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Guardian Books (11 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085265202X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0852652022
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.6 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 642,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sonali Fernando is a writer and award-winning filmmaker with fifteen years' experience of directing films for the BBC, Channel 4 and independent release. Her credits include the acclaimed 75-minute documentary Nine Days That Shook London, a startling portrait of the capital in the long week that included Live8, London's Olympics bid win and the London Bombings; India Calling, the first film to reveal the surreal world of call agents in India working on British time for UK companies, which was nominated for an EMMA Award and the BBC's Mega Mela Awards; Mary Seacole - The Real Angel of the Crimea, a film about the trailblazing Victorian doctress from Jamaica; The Body of a Poet, which won the Imagginaria Film Festival's Audience Award for Best Documentary in Bologna, the Outfest Film Festival's Award for Outstanding Short Fiction in Los Angeles, and a Jury Runner-Up Award at the Prized Pieces Festival, Berkeley; and Great Excavations, the flagship six-part series about archaeology's 250-year transition from glorified plunder to reputable science, which was filmed in fourteen countries and shown internationally as Lost Worlds.

Sonali has written extensively for a variety of publications on subjects ranging from contemporary photography to Victorian anthropology. She was born in London and studied at St Paul's Girls' School and Oxford University. She loves gekkos, Mexico, accordions, limes, qawwali, Monteverdi, playing tennis, sitting still, Lorrie Moore, conversation, North Sea light, the Kop, eggs Benedict, the News Quiz, the trade justice movement and Angela Bruce.

Sonali has directed several short films about some of the contributors to the Soulmates book, which are available at guardian.co.uk. See: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/video/2010/apr/02/soulmates-dating
http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/video/2010/jun/14/soulmates-stories
http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/video/2010/feb/14/guardian-soulmates-valentines-day

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A quirky guide to the world of online dating

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A quirky guide to the world of online dating

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mlle. Amandine on 7 April 2010
Format: Paperback
I have a waiting list of people clamouring to read this book! Such has been my interest in Ms Fernando's expedition into the world of online dating that I have liberally peppered all my recent conversations with repeated anecdotes of the hilarious and horrific, the grand romance and the homespun magic which are woven into a fascinating social investigation. More than a collection of tales from cupid's coalface, and more too than an academic appraisal of the growth and development of this global phenomenon, which has taken kiss chase to a whole new level.

Among my friends queuing to borrow Soulmates: True Stories from the World of Online Dating are a savvy, streetwise, intellectually rigourous young woman with a PhD in sociology; a globetrotting NGO worker looking for love; a recently retired divorcee wanting to find out a bit more; a bereaved parent baffled by the repeated suggestion that he dip his toe in the online waters which he sees as daunting rapids for which he is ill equipped; a lonely young thing desperate to find someone to share life with, but sceptical and sheepish about parading herself for all the world to see.

The great achievement of this book is that it appeals to both observer and participant. If you want a manual to support, guide and encourage you through the process of online dating, this will do it. If you want to return to online dating having been burnt previously and requiring a little courage to try your luck again, you will find yourself in good company and bask in the pooled wisdom of numerous anonymous journeymen and women of all ages, sexes and orientations. If you are simply nosy and are seeking a vicarious thrill from the comfort of a happy relationship you can do that too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Shelley on 26 Feb. 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a hard to put down book for anyone interested in human nature in the Internet Age. Fernando's unique exploration of the rise of Internet dating spans the social and sexual spectrum. The collection of true stories gives us an insight into the experiences of cyber-dating, from the heart-warming to the horrific and hilarious . It had me laughing,crying and increduluous at what people do to and for each other as the on-line becomes manifest in the flesh. This is a must read for anybody thinking of dipping their toes in the bubbling waters of on-line love matching, or for those who have already taken the plunge!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Josie Melia on 24 Feb. 2010
Format: Paperback
This is addictive reading if you've ever lurked around an Internet dating website and wondered what happens to all those smiling or moody faces, what they're really like beneath the spin and whether they ever manage to get together in a happy-ever-after. It's even more interesting if you've tried it yourself as you'll find stories that echo your own experiences. Sonali Fernando wittily charts the rapid rise, social acceptance and popularity of Internet dating and illustrates her themes with accounts from people who have used a range of Internet dating sites with varying degress of success and satisfaction. This is an engrossing read, with a nice balance of human interest and thought-provoking insights. It's a must-read if you're thinking of trying it yourself, with plenty of 'Aww' moments in amongst some very funny down-to-earth observations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Seymour on 11 April 2010
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Having picked this up out of curiosity, my copy is now ridiculously well-thumbed from all the times I've flicked back to favourite passages. It collates experiences from contributors who have heartwarming, heartbreaking, thought-provoking and hilarious tales of their online dating, and they tell them brilliantly. The book's author brings each section alive with entertaining introductions, backed up with great research that I find myself repeating to anyone who will listen (12 million first cyberdates last year means an economy-boosting average of six couples per month across the 90,000 bars and restaurants in the country. Love it!).

It is also the first true celebration of online dating that I've read - it reveals the warts-and-all of the process, but does so in a way that shifts it from the "oh, there's not so much stigma these days" approach to a resounding sense that of COURSE we're online dating! It is filled with warmth, humanity, spot-on observations and laugh-out-loud stories, and since I've already recommended it to all my friends then I will now wholeheartedly recommend it to you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bad Bear on 21 May 2010
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If you are single and think that Mr or Ms Right will knock on your door one day - or that you'll stumble upon him or her in a bar - then you're wasting your life, or so the contributors to this book will have you believe. This is a book about online dating, the bulk of which comprises surprisingly articulate case histories written by those who have tried it. These are interspersed with hints and advice for those who are thinking of taking the plunge. We learn, for example, that many otherwise decent and honest people routinely lie about their age, height and physical appearance in their online dating profiles in the hope of upgrading themselves to a "better" type of partner. The chapter on "Dates from hell" is entertaining, the chapters entitled "Dates from heaven" and "My search is over" give hope to all. Single or not, you'll enjoy this book.
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