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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review; 1st. Edition edition (31 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755325087
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755325085
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 22.2 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,522,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wendy Holden was a journalist on The Sunday Times, Tatler and The Mail on Sunday before becoming a full-time author. She has written nine novels, all Sunday Times Top Ten bestsellers. She is married and has two children.

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'lively comedy ... beyond the comedy are some acute, sympathetic observations on the state of modern relationships' ( Daily Mail )

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From Sunday Times Number 1 bestselling author Wendy Holden comes a hilarious tale of husbands, their faults, and how to tackle them.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By LittleReader VINE VOICE on 1 July 2007
Format: Paperback
'The School for Husbands' is an ok read - I'm afraid I cant stretch to much more than that. I really enjoyed WH's first few books, but the last couple haven't really set my World on fire!
In this instance, the story doesnt actually start to get going until about halfway through the book and then most of it is crammed into the last quarter with loose threads left hanging all over the place. It's main character, Sophie, comes across completely unsympathetically and I was left wondering why her husband actually wanted to be with such a wet, irritatingly blind, pain in the bum at all, let alone want to enrol in a school to sort out his own behaviour!
So - a little thin on character development with a plot that never really goes anywhere fast but an ok, no-fuss, easy read. Here's hoping her next offering is an improvement!
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I got this book on loan from the library as an audiobook, which is probably worse than just merely in print. At first it was ok, just mildly entertaining, however all of the entertainment seemed to come from poking fun at different characters and their character flaws from the point of view of the other characters. Not a good start.

this follows throughout the rest of the book that I was able to listen too, only about 1/3 of the book, after that i couldn't stand the characters any longer and had to stop listening. The pace of the book in the beginning is extremely slow with no real action NOR character development, its just a big pity party.

there are a lot of just plain bad characters, the Southern brothers from Simon's banking company, stereotypical unflattering and flat American south characters. I seriously disliked every single character except for Helen (sophie's friend) who appears as an angel. But all of them are flat, unflattering, and appear stereotypical, the Southern brothers with their cowboy hats, getting married at 17 etc., the rich, fakey yummy mummies, the scheming mother in law, the distracted husband, and the overworked mother.

The two main characters both seem at fault and I just could not like them. It was not the situation but the author's description. All of the beginning of the book is the two of the complaining all the time, and there is no softening of their characters.

I understand that it is supposed to be light and humorous and "satire" but for me I just didn't like it. I am not saying it is a terrible book but for me, if I don't like the characters I can't really like a "light" book like this, its just not entertaining.

I really want to listen to the rest to see what happens to the characters but I don't know if I can stand any more "satire". Great and funny idea "school for husbands" but poor characters really ruined it for me.
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Format: Paperback
It started off OK, but somewhere around the middle of the book it all started to get very rushed. It was like one of those essays you do in exams - you start off well, then realise you are running out of time or have written too many words, so you précis the end. There was so much more that could have been made of the story - after all, Sophie knew the therapist through her work - but seemed to not even know the woman was in London, let alone having her book published by her own husband. What fun the author could have been had by getting Sophie involved at the School for Husbands instead of being the wet rag that she was with that pathetic Simon and her Mrs Bouquet mother. Wendy Holden also seemed to have literally lost the plot in places. It was infuriating - I thought I had missed something so kept going back to check. For example, one Monday morning, Sophie is getting ready for work when Simon turns up to whisk her off to Paris. He produces Eurostar tickets. Arriving in Paris, she has some packages with her that she allowed Simon to buy, more to humour him "than because she actually wanted a trolley dash through the airport shops". Did they fly with their Eurostar tickets? Then a few pages later, her mother is lamenting that it had been the day from hell since she packed Sophie off to Paris that morning and all the postman had brought today on "this Saturday morning" was a gas bill (keep up! - it was Monday, remember?). It's the first Wendy Holden I've read - and I have a few more on the shelf to work through - let's hope they get better.
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By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER on 11 Dec. 2010
Format: Paperback
This is the first Holden I've read and while I'm not rushing out to buy her back catalogue, I'd read others if in the mood for some light chick-lit. This feels like a book of two halves: the first offers a fairly read-it-before account of the irritations of married life (husband leaving top off toothpaste, never around to look after new baby etc.) although it does offer a dual perspective from both Sophie and Mark's points of view.

The second half is the school of the title, where the rather lovely Mark goes to learn to be a better husband. The miscellaneous collection of men adds some much-needed giggles to the book as they learn to put the toilet seat down (yes, this has no problem with pandering to generalities and gender stereotypes...), express themselves in sentences of more than three words, and discover the mysteries of waxing and fake tan (urgh!).

Typical chick-lit, this is a light and frothy read, perfect bath and bed-time reading.
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