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The Man Who Understood Women: And Other Stories [Kindle Edition]

Rosemary Friedman
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A delightful series of short stories, providing a composite portrait of women and how the worlds they inhabit have changed over the past 50 years. No longer satisfied with marriage being their only socially acceptable destiny, these women relish their new freedoms as they run hospitals, banks and international businesses. From the spinsterish Miss Phipps, who opens the gate for women to fulfill their dreams and fantasies through her lending library, to the divorced 53-year-old Helen, who road-tests her internet date Dominic and becomes empowered by her new-found ability to make choices, these stories portray women who begin to overturn centuries of tradition, prepare to live fuller lives and to follow their dreams. Rosemary Friedman has a mimic’s ear for dialogue and her short stories are like well-aimed hand grenades.

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ROSEMARY FRIEDMAN has published 26 titles including 21 novels and 3 non-fiction works which have been translated into several languages and serialised by the BBC. She has published 2 childrens' books (also in translation) and more than 50 short stories (syndicated worldwide). `THE MAN WHO UNDERSTOOD WOMEN and other stories' was published by Arcadia Books in November 2013.

She has written commissioned screenplays (UK & USA) and television scripts including the pilot for SHRINKS (Euston Films, Thames Television) screened 1991 and `BABY BLUES' (BBC1 Doctors) screened 2002. Her stage play HOME TRUTHS starred Christopher Cazenove, Edward Hardwicke and Lynda Baron and was co-produced by the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford; it toured major UK venues in 1997. Her stage play CHANGE OF HEART had its world première at the New End Theatre in 2004. AN ELIGIBLE MAN was premièred at the New End Theatre in May 2008 and in Kielce, Poland, in December 2011. It had a UK commercial tour in April 2012 and will have a further UK tour in 2014.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Really satisfying bed-time stories for adults 21 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
As a child I always treasured my bedtime stories. I found reading Rosemary Friedman's pithy and well-written collection of interesting, perceptive observations (one or two per night) to be a very agreeable reminder of this love. Each story has a clear point and satisfying conclusion, though not always a happy ending, which I found extremely conducive to a good night's sleep.

These short stories were written over many years, and so the collection as a whole has a consequence, presumably unintended at the time of writing, that it acts as a reminder of forgotten social mores, tastes and attitudes of yesteryear, as well as illustrating how one good writer's style and use of language has developed in line with changes in social attitudes.

A wonderful bedtime read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A five star feel good book 16 Feb. 2014
By Hoepoe
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What an entertaining gem! Well written, enjoyable stories. Each situation, each character touched me, and felt real. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a light, satisfying read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short Stories 5 Feb. 2014
By Lady
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Liked this book very much. Each story different but each had a moral. Good read and nice that I could finish story before I fell asleep.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Read, by A Great Author! 5 April 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I chose a full rating for The Man Who Understood Women by Rosemary Friedman, because her books are always good, and very well written, which is a must for me. I would recommend any of her books, as they are humorous, full of
good stories ( and jokes) and books so interesting you cannot put them down. She is a marvellous author, and I have all her books. She describes her characters so well, that you imagine they are real, and once I have finished any book,
I wish there was a sequel, so I could follow what the characters did afterwards. I just have to use my own imagination,
but that's probably what Rosemary wants you to do?
Well done for another amazing book by Rosemary Friedman.
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