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Where Have All the Boys Gone? [Paperback]

Jenny Colgan
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29 July 2011

Where have all the men gone? Faced with 25, 000 more women than men in London, and gleeful media reports that it's statistically more likely for single women to be murdered than get married, Katie is reached an all-time low. But all is not lost …
Another hilarious high-concept romantic comedy from Jenny Colgan.

While Katie's glad it's not a man's world any more, she'd be quite pleased if there were more men in it – or at least single ones, anyway.

More likely to get murdered than married, according to gleeful media reports, Katie resigns herself to the fact there's no sex in the city and heads for the hills – or the Scottish highlands, to be precise.

Despite the fact she's never been a girl for wellies – and Fairlish is in the middle of nowhere – the tiny town does have one major draw: men. Lots of them.

But while Katie relishes the chance to do battle with armies of admirers, she's not reckoned on going head to head with her grumpy new boss, Harry, shadowy developers intent on destroying the beautiful countryside and Mrs McClockerty, the least suitable hotelier since Norman Bates.

At least there's the local eye-candy to distract her, including gorgeous newshound Iain. But he is at loggerheads with Harry, and Harry despises her. Life in the country might not be one big roll in the hay but can Katie ever turn her back on the delights of Fairlish and return to city life?

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Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st Paperback Edition edition (29 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007159013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007159017
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jenny Colgan is the author of numerous bestselling novels, including Christmas at the Cupcake Café and The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris, which are also published by Sphere. Meet Me at the Cupcake Café won the 2012 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance and was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller, as was Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams, which won the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2013. Jenny is married with three children and lives in London and France. For more about Jenny, visit her website and her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter: @jennycolgan.

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‘Funny, touching and a little bit rude, Jenny Colgan's talents are well showcased as she tries to answer the age-old questions: sheep or shopping?’ She

‘Colgan's witty and original style…makes it a stand-out read.’ Heat

‘full of warmth and humour’ Marie Claire


‘Full of laughs and lipgloss – brilliant.’ Company

'Snappy and wickedly entertaining.' You

‘Funny stuff.’ Heat

‘Funny, magical and moving.’ Time Out

‘A sharp, witty love story.’ Observer

'Colgan is on top form with her latest outrageous romp' Cosmopolitan

'Jenny Colgan is one of the leaders of the pack… Fast-paced, funny, poignant and well-observed' Daily Mail

About the Author

Jenny Colgan was born in 1972 in Ayrshire. After Edinburgh University, she worked for six years in the health service, moonlighting as a cartoonist and stand-up comic. She is the author of five previous bestselling novels: Amanda's Wedding, Talking to Addison, Looking for Andrew McCarthy, Working Wonders and Do You Remember the First Time?, all of which are in development for film and TV. Jenny is married and lives in London.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but left me slightly frustrated 22 Oct 2006
OK, this might be a personal thing but I really felt the lead (Katie) ended up with the wrong fella! Won't say too much here about that as don't want to spoil it before you read it, but it was the one bug bear I had with this. Apart from that really loved it - easy to read, devoured it in a day as couldnt put it down and really cared about the characters to the point of crying at one point. Can we have a sequel please? (or if there is one, someone let me know! lol).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a disappointment 2 Sep 2005
Having been impressed by two of Colgan's previous books, Talking To Addison and Do You Remember The First Time?, I was looking forward to her most recent title, Where Have All The Boys Gone?
As with many books of this genre, the book's premise of a London PR girl leaving behind all her mod-cons in order to embrace the "great outdoors" seemed slightly contrived. However, I was willing to give it a go, based on Colgan's earlier accomplishments...
I do not wish to spoil it for those who have not yet read it, so I will simply say that it starts off "ok" (for want of a better adjective!), lulls tremendously in the middle, but is thankfully recovered in the final third of the book. At this point, I was happy to find I couldn't put it down, as I wanted to see how everyone ended up.
It's not a bad book, but I was actually bored whilst reading a large proportion of it. Nonetheless, if you work through it as I did, you'll be pleasantly surprised at the ending.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An average read 16 Aug 2005
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I have read all of Jenny Colgan's books but have felt that the last few have not really lived up to the promise of Amanda's wedding and talking to Addison. This novel focuses on how difficult it is for women to find a man in London and when the two heroines are sent off to a remote Scottish Village mainly inhabited by men how their life changes. The story is very predictable with a few giggles along the way but not really a page turner. Fine for a sunbed read but if you're in to chick lit go for something a but meatier like Lisa Jewell or Adele Parks.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A harmless, fun book 25 Mar 2006
By Lizzy
I really enjoyed reading this.
It's not a book that will keep you guessing or provide any intellectual challenge, but if you're looking for an afternoon with a relaxing book then this is it.
While the plot is a little weak, the characters are mostly lovable and the pace (at only ~200 pages) doesn't keep you waiting. It also DOES give a decent insight into the modern girls life. There is nothing profound... but it takes a few (valid) shots at the "work hard, play hard" lifestyle.
I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good relaxing read with no taxing twists.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars amusing 25 May 2014
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Lightweight and amusing, chick lit, you do not have to think when reading it at all.however it is funny and positive.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read 28 Mar 2014
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Usual warm hearted read that gives plenty of giggles and fairy tail ending. Would recommend it as nice easy read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not a great read 21 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I ended up giving up on this about a third of the way in as the characters were largely quite annoying and unlikeable and it wasn't a great read. What a shame, as Jenny Colgan's other books have been enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fatuous 17 Sep 2014
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Obviously written for a very young readership. Immature characters with one-track minds. Couldn't get past the first couple of chapters. Not for a more mature reader - or even a younger one with half a brain.
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