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The Seducer's Diary [Kindle Edition]

Robert Avon
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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For lovers of Jane Austen, Bridget Jones - and Lord Byron.

Robert Avon is a teacher of English Literature at a sixth form college in London. Inspired by such books as Kingsley Amis' Lucky Jim and The Seducer's Diary, by Soren Kierkegaard, Robert set out to seduce Christina Clapton, an attractive and innocent colleague, and thwart the aspirations of a rival suitor, Andrew Connelly.

Yet will the seducer be seduced - and become a victim of his own crimes?

The Seducer's Diary is often funny, sometimes offensive, but always engaging. It's confessional style pulls one in despite a protagonist who often wants to lose the reader's sympathy. The Seducer's Diary is more than just a enjoyable black comedy, it is a literary Rorschach test for how we view the modern world and romantic love.

Robert Avon is currently living in London.

Endeavour Press is The UK's leading independent publisher of digital books

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 301 KB
  • Print Length: 243 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1482753928
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd.; 1 edition (6 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007S9KOKC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #37,557 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An appalling and seductive book. 13 April 2012
By Rachel
Format:Kindle Edition
A friend recommended The Seducer's Diary to me. I read this book in only a few sittings. It's compulsive reading - partly as one hopes that the anti-hero will get his just desserts. In some ways he does. There is a sense that the author is playing on our own sensibilities and prejudices when Robert Avon appals or seduces us. Or perhaps he is just being brutally honest (and there is a feel to things that this book may be a piece of non-fiction, as much as fiction).

It would be wrong just to despise or ignore this book. Robert Avon is no mere pantomime villain and we must credit him with some wit and wisdom amidst his diatribes. There are also some great witty and wise quotations from other poets and philosophers too throughout its pages.

I'm not sure how much we can call The Seducer's Diary a great book (it has its flaws), but I've never read anything like it before and Robert Avon will linger in your thoughts long after the (brilliant) last line.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly Scandalous 27 April 2012
By Popps
Format:Kindle Edition
All knowledgeable about the literature of love English Teacher, Robert Avon, shares with us the complexities of planning seduction with the purpose of gaining all possible profits, whether this be the yielding of the subject or the dismay of those around her. Women all over will rebut the provocative ways in which we see him seduce Christina, all the while not being able to put the book down. Although shocking in its delivery, the book delves into the controversies of sexism and morality that push the boundaries and will keep you hooked. Being offensive, outrageous and intriguing all at one time, The Seducers Diary is sure to inspire some strong opinions about Robert. The reader is left to either love or hate him.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compulsive Reading 20 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Robert Avon presents the world from his viewpoint in what is a compulsive and memorable book. Make no mistakes, it will both shock and amuse you as a reader. The Seducer's Diary is not without some faults though. It seems to be written by a young man (more than an experienced writer) and the ending is quite abrupt (though in many ways authentic). Mixing morality with immorality, political correctness with incorrectness, The Seducer's Diary and Robert Avon will endure. Either congratulations, or condemnation, should be heaped upon the author for putting this book out there.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Satirical, Very Sarcastic. 16 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Very satirical, very sarcastic - although there were times when I was drawn in
so much to think Robert Avon and his confessions are genuine (perhaps they are).
You will need to have an open mind and good sense of humour to stick with The
Seducer's Diary - but you'll find it rewarding if you do. You will cringe, laugh
and feel sad at different points whilst reading this book. Particularly loved
the chapters when Robert Avon and Christina go up to the Lake District on their
mini-break.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll Want To Meet Author/Hero of this Book... 16 Jun 2012
By Antonia
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A number of female readers may want to read the Author/Hero of this remarkable book, either to save him or murder him. He's arrogant yet self-loathing, funny yet miserable.

Readers who are involved in teaching profession may find extra level of interest and enjoyment in its pages.

Other reviews describe this book better than mine, but just want to recommend The Seducer's Diary for being different (old fashioned yet contemporary, brave yet at times unpleasant).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sophisticated And Passionate Story 5 Jun 2012
By Natalie
Format:Kindle Edition
This book tells the story of an unscrupulous lothario as he attempts the emotional and physical conquest of unsuspecting women - notably his fellow teacher Christina. The central character's intellect and sensibility makes for an absorbing, addictive read.

Say what you will about the moral decisions of this anti-hero but the quality of his first-person narrative speaks for itself. Rich with literary references, the author's influences add a greater depth to the text and character.

Any sympathies for Robert Avon's emotional complexity are often drowned out as waves of malice and misogyny break forth. The writings of this rogue confirm every woman's worst fears of the inner-workings of a male mind. One can only hope that The Seducer's Diary showcases the exception, not the rule. A sophisticated and passionate story, highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A memorable book 12 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is the story of Avon's seduction of Christine and targeting of the hapless Andrew. I only gave this book four stars, but that is more to do with the character of the anti-hero. His cold conceit just riled me, the whole way through. He was a man I would love to hate! That said, the book was brilliantly written and even though I didn't like the main character, I felt compelled to finish the book. It was a brilliant exposé into the mind of Robert Avon. Well done, indeed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seductively Shocking 20 April 2012
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The Seducer's Diary pulls you into Robert Avon's thoughts and mentality and uses it to both entertain and appall you as a reader. Certainly not for the faint hearted, Avon confronts you with his thoughts and accounts that are as embarassing as they are entertaining. He switches from aggressive ranting to seductive romancing and it is very easy to form an opinion on Robert (hate or love) that will be challenged in the next chapter. It is a book that is very hard to pin down, in terms of readership and genre, and yet also seems to present something for everyone to either love or hate. It makes for very seductive reading.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A bittersweet and clever story
This is a page-turner and a great story that kept me hooked throughout. The missing fifth star is because of the poor proof-reading - the most amusing one being "children with... Read more
Published 9 months ago by V
4.0 out of 5 stars A narrator you'll love to hate
With its unreliable, anti-hero narrator, first person narrative and uncomfortable theme, The Seducer's Diary reminded me a little of Lolita. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ian Barker
4.0 out of 5 stars Best taken with a pinch of salt
I think some people will take The Seducer's Diary too seriously and dislike it as a result. Avon is a self-processed villain, looking to provoke a reaction in those who read his... Read more
Published 11 months ago by chubbagrubb
4.0 out of 5 stars Different and better to what I expected.
More lad lit than chick lit in many ways, but women should read this book in order to know the enemy. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Miss HP
4.0 out of 5 stars Not another love story...
If you are expecting a love story, The Seducer's Diary will certainly surprise you with the boldness and, at times, outright dis-likable nature of the protagonist. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Rachel
4.0 out of 5 stars seduced
The Seducer's Diary

A hedonistic delight, beautifully written and full of irony. Avon has a way with words that is quite significant, rich and majestic. Read more
Published 21 months ago by paddy888
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking, but the writing is good and clever.
Other reviews have claimed the anti-hero of the Seducer's Diary 'to be a bit like marmite' and unfortunately (much like marmite) I can't stand him! Read more
Published 21 months ago by Nicola
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