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  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402243456
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402243455
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13.7 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,573,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matt Dunn is the author of eight novels, including the bestselling The Ex-Boyfriend's Handbook (which was shortlisted for both the Romantic Novel of the Year Award and the Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance) and A Day at the Office (one of Amazon's Top Editor Picks for 2013, and a #1 bestseller across several categories). He's also written about life, love, and relationships for various publications including The Times, Guardian, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Company, Elle, and The Sun.

Previously, he's worked as a professional lifeguard, fitness-equipment salesman, and most recently, an I.T. head-hunter (where his success in re-writing other people's CVs made him think he might have a talent for fiction), but he prefers writing novels for a living, so please keep buying his books!

Visit the author at www.mattdunn.co.uk, or follow him on twitter at @mattdunnwrites

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Funny, moving, and a guaranteed page-turner. Brilliant!
-- Mike Gayle --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Matt Dunn is the author of five previous novels, including the bestselling The Ex-Boyfriend's Handbook, which was shortlisted for both the Romantic Novel of the Year Award and the Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance. He's also written about life, love, and relationships for various publications including The Times, Guardian, Cosmopolitan, Company, Glamour, Elle, and the Sun. Matt was born in Margate, but escaped to Spain to write his first novel, in-between working as a newspaper columnist and playing a lot of tennis. Previously he has been a professional lifeguard, fitness-equipment salesman and an I.T. head-hunter, but he prefers writing for a living, so please buy his other books. Visit the author at www.mattdunn.co.uk


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This is a great book that I recommend to all, both male and female readers. It is very witty and so funny that I laughed out loud constantly and yet amidst the comedy are some really tender & poignant bits - the perfect mix. The characters are instantly likeable, you really warm to them from the very first page. I could not put this book down and read it from cover to cover in one sitting. Always the sign of a good book - that you can't wait to finish it only to find yourself disappointed when there is no more to read! I bought this on the strength of the authors first book, Best Man which was also very funny and an enjoyable read.
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This was an excellent book that is quite funny and always keeps your attention. Edward has just been partially dumped by his long-time girlfriend- Jane. She's given him three weeks to think about things and, under the tutorship of his best mate Dan, loses weight, veneers his teeth, gets a personal trainer etc. During his long relationship with Jane he's let himself go. During his three months the author delves into reasons and mostly concerns himself with getting in shape to pull. There are the nice people, like bargirl Wendy and Edward, who want to be honest and respectful, and the not-so-nice Dans. How looks orientated are women? Actions speak louder than words and the author does show that looks are SO important to women (short term, for pulling) but does also criticize poor morals and principals in the form of over-the-top Dan. You get the impression that the author and Edward would like the world to be as politically correct as possible but, when push comes to shove, women don't respect and want these needy and nice men, especially if they don't have the looks or the mini-coopers. Mat Dunn does an excellent job of showing how delluded women and nice men are about their own wants. You can talk about looks and money not being important but when you find yourself 'out there' you, like Edward, will have to move the goalposts to win. There's loads of laugh-out-loud bits in the book, cracking one liners, and slowly but surely, the author wins you round to Dans way of thinking by the end. I will be pushing this book onto my friends.
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Our flatmate likes reading chick lit books, and in absence of any other reading material I picked one up. This is Chick lit from a blokes perspective. I read all sorts of books, and this is the perfect release if I've just read something a bit involved/heavy/complicated. It's a laugh a minute and this stuff really happens! Lovely light reading with an easy to follow plot and a great ending. I think what really bonded me to this book was that my brother went to uni in Brighton, and lived in the area it's set in. I've now bought his other book on the strength of this one.
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This was one of the best books I have ever read! If a book can you make you laugh out loud it's worth more than anything money can buy! What a film this would make as the humour is so visual! Big Ed is in all of us and I for one felt I should follow his example and become fitter, leaner and less complacent.
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I was given this book as a christmas present, and it sat by bed for a few weeks until my boyfriend saw it and thought I was trying to tell him something!

When I did start reading it it became one of those books that you know you'll keep picking up at some point during your life and re-reading it, just because it's a pretty good picture of the modern bloke. I wish I'd read it when I was single!

I couldn't help but be a little disappointed by the ending, partly because by the time you got to it, you kind of already expected it. Plus, as much as I loved the book, it just felt like it could of been a bit longer, or that there could have been a bit more detail, but I guess I'm just a chick flick kind of gal!

Still a really funny book and It's seriously worth a read.
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This book is fabulous. The characters are warm and instantly likeable and the storyline is simple but Dunn has the ability to make every day goings on, hilarious.

It's quite rare for a male author to show such understanding of females.

Although it's quite a light hearted story, it did make me think about my own relationship - I'm off to Tibet tomorrow!

A really great read.
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What a brilliant book! I recommend this book to anyone and everyone.

The characters are brilliant from page one, such an easy book to read, funny and it really makes some great points as well. I was gutted when I got to the end of the book. It's not often you come across a book that has you laughing at almost every page.

Based on this book I will definately be reading Matt Dunn's other novels.

A definated read for guys or girls alike, don't miss out on this read. PLEASE!!!!
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This was the first of a series of male-oriented romance novels that I've read and is one of the better ones. Read it before Ex-Girlfriends United because that story follows on from this.

It's about Edward a young man who's girlfriend secretly emigrates, taking all her possessions, leaving him only with a note saying she's dumped him because he's let himself go. He spends all his time trying to change his life, particularly his physique in order to win her back. This involves a lot of jogging and gym with his attractive personal instructor and countless nights in the pub (drinking water) and discussing his predicament with his best friend Dan. Although Dan is completely arrogant and self-centered, he's completely likable and their exchanges are very funny. As is the continued banter between Dan and the barmaid.

All the characters are likable but just as I was relating to Edward, it's revealed he has 50 grand stashed away in the bank which enables him to simply go out buy a brand new car, a complete new wardrobe and everything else he needs to transform himself. His friend Dan is even richer. If you're looking to empathise with someone not quite so fortunate, the character in Nick Hornby's High Fidelity is worth checking out, although his character is less optimistic and more melancholic than Edward.

It's a novel packed full of funny lines and funny situations which make you laugh and feel good. It's not heavy, nor serious, just a fun, romantic, easy-going, page-turner. The ending was a bit abrupt for my liking but then again his next novel: Ex-Girlfriends United follows on from this so you can continue the saga with that one with more from the same characters.
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