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William Walker's First Year of Marriage: A Horror Story

William Walker's First Year of Marriage: A Horror Story [Kindle Edition]

Matt Rudd
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‘Hilarious and hugely enjoyable’ Tracy Quan

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For anyone who has ever dreamed of finding true love only to discover that happy endings are just the beginning comes this brilliantly comic novel about marriage, ex-girlfriends, ‘performance anxiety’, and what it takes to make happily ever last beyond the honeymoon.

William Walker has just married Isabel, the girl of his dreams. The happy couple live in a small flat in north London while William labours away at his magazine job, revelling in his recent promotion from a column for which he was required to taste different brands of cat food to more dignified reportage. So far, so perfect.

But William has a Bridget Jones-ish knack for messing up the happiest of situations – he can’t help shouting at the obnoxiously precocious work experience girl and has an embarrassing tendency to forget names of women he has previously tried to sleep with. It doesn’t help that Isabel’s creepy best friend Alex is very obviously in love with her. Nor that Saskia, a vixen-ish old flame of William’s, has just moved in downstairs. As Alex slithers his way into Isabel’s heart, Saskia seems intent on resuming relations with William – or at least giving Isabel that impression.

Increasingly beset, increasingly unlucky and increasingly hilarious, William battles his way through a series of comic disasters that threaten to destroy his relationship and reduce him to a state of sad bachelorhood – a fate, he soon realises, worse than death.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 747 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (3 Sep 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI910I
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #95,418 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Matt Rudd is senior writer at The Sunday Times. In the name of journalism, he has exposed the Stig, had a tour of a £300,000 lettuce shredder and stood outside Pippa Middleton's book launch for six hours in the freezing cold. In the name of this book, he has spent the last two years on the road with binoculars, a notebook and some Red Bull. He is 38 and lives in Kent with his wife and brace of children.

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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I laughed out loud - very refreshing! 7 Sep 2009
By Helen C
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I bought this book as I have previously read a few pieces the author has written in a magazine - and this book did not let me down. From the first page I was grinning to myself and found that I could not put the book down, and finished it over 2 days. It is written in a Bridget Jones Diary style, and anyone who has been in a long term relationship will recognise the "problems" and "discussions" that the main character has with his partner. The humour is fun and fresh, and there were a few occasions where I had to put the book down and recover from a bout of laughter, or read a section out loud to my husband. If you enjoyed Bridget Jones, you will love this book - written from a Man's perspective. Very light hearted and easy to read. I am now going to look for the next book by this talented man!
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just couldn't put it down! 15 Jan 2011
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I've never reviewed a book before, which is suprising as I read so many of them, but I felt I had to review this one as I loved every minute of it, and quite frankly it just wasn't long enough! Finished it in about 9 hours, so basically spent the day ignoring everyone while I quietly chuckled to myself at William's typically manish antics. I would highly recommend this book to anyone and am looking forward to the next installment (and ignoring everyone for another 9 hours)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best not read while having a hot drink. 26 Feb 2011
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Would definitely recommend to anyone from those avid readers with 100's of books under their belt to the individual that reads a book once a decade. You can't help but be captured and entertained by the vividly described antics that unfold through out this delightful book. Guys will quietly recognise behaviours and situations within the book and women will almost be entertained and amused by the not entirely inaccurate portrayal of the less fair sex. My only recommendation, would maybe to find somewhere quiet to read, as you'll find yourself no doubt spluttering in public with barely contained laughter and quickly acquiring funny looks from all in the vicinity.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Kitty
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What a funny, funny book. I have spent the last day and a half ignoring my children, dodging the housework and laughing till I've almost wet myself. Matt Rudd is a very funny man. Am off now to buy everything else he has written.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious page turner, just brilliant. 6 Mar 2011
By Andy
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I am always attracted to books when other reviewers say they actually laughed out loud whilst reading them. I doubted I would be laughing throughout but I can state hands on arse that this book definitely did have me laughing out loud very very often. It never once ceased to make me smile along at each and every page. Now that is an art form Mr Rudd. As is normal with all books it takes a while to get into our character William Walker who is spinning his yarns and telling us his daily diary tribulations...... in his first year of marriage. As the book progressed once again as with the great books you have chosen to take a gamble on you start to just not want it to come to the end such is the pure enjoyment and good feeling of the writing style. Every time I picked this book up to carry on with it (turned on my Kindle) I was recharged with a bit of indulgent happiness. Just brilliant.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 5 Mar 2011
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I enjoyed this book.
It wasn't too heavy, just the right amount of seriousness to offset the absurdness of his situations.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars laugh out loud 13 Jan 2011
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I'd never heard of Matt Rudd but, as this was a free Kindle edition, I thought I'd give it a go.

I'm very glad I did as it had me laughing out loud at William's tale. This book is well written and extremely funny. I think many men will identify with his concerns and mishaps (one DIY scene had me in tears of empathic laughter).

I thoroughly recommend giving this a go. I will be looking out for future publications from Mr Rudd.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this 17 Jan 2011
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I dont know why I chose this book but I loved it. Its the funniest thing I have read in ages - laugh out loud funny.
The guy is permanently bewildered and muddles along hoping for the best, I will look out for other things Matt Rudd has written.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars william walkers first year of marrage.
first year of marrage funny but woulnt call it a horror did a lot of the things he did and im not even married but its a good read. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Peter Morgan
2.0 out of 5 stars Weak farce
In the year following his marriage William Walker keeps a diary detailing the ups and downs of his life. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Peter Lee
2.0 out of 5 stars Two dimensional couple
Neither of them with a funny bone. Poor, indeed abysmal, characterisation, with a number of cliche-ridden set-pieces; many scenarios just plain unbelievable. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robin Monks
5.0 out of 5 stars good
Great book, I am a massive bookworm so I love all books but I would definitely recommend this book to my friends and family.
Published 4 months ago by becccci
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy going read with a good balance of suspense
Written in a simple day to day diary form, telling of the ups and downs of a first year of marriage, pick it up any time for an entertaining read.
Published 5 months ago by kate campbell
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite humorous
Slow at first but got more interesting and funny as you progressed through the book. Typical behaviour of a man.
Published 9 months ago by Miss Irene Gregory
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
You will laugh out loud at this - so true! A really good read. As always, well done Matt Rudd
Published 9 months ago by Jean Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure comedy
Chapter after chapter of comedy. I don't know how he get's himself in these situations, but I find it hilarious how he thinks once he is in them! A great comedy.
Published 9 months ago by Andrew
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining
Read this book quickly as it was very easy to read and get into. some very funny moments which I could relate to. In all, a good read if a little predictable at the end!
Published 11 months ago by Helen M. Crook
3.0 out of 5 stars True to life at times
The common misunderstandings of marriage are examples here and can be very funny. However the fairy tale ending was a bit predictable.

Well written for light reading
Published 11 months ago by Camping family Pom
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