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Learn Love in a Week
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 2 February 2013
For the first couple of days of the story, I just really laughed at the comedy which was so funny and well-observed I thought: 'Has this man been in my house?' I can't think when I've laughed as much at a novel. But then on the third day, there was the - ahem - licking incident, which took me by surprise and from there the story just really took off and I started turning the pages at speed. The book is very very slick. You start reading, and it's very hard to stop. To be honest, I slightly forgot the Learn Love angle, so that, only at the end did I go back and notice that, for example, Thursday really nailed the subject of parents and therapy, albeit in a very light Bridget Jones sort of way. It's actually a really clever book, exceptionally well-written, masquerading as fluffy chick lit. By the last couple of days of the action, I'd started to care about the characters so that when the climax came I was really holding my breath. And then at the end I felt... I won't say. I don't want to give away how it finishes. Just read the book! Mr Clover, I loved it. I felt entertained, I felt moved, I felt inspired. I'll tell all my friends. And I wish you'd write another column, but if you won't, please please get writing another one of these. We need more!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Polly and Arthur have been married for ten years and seem to be at a crisis point when Polly meets James Hammond. He's the one who got away, and he's now rich and successful. Most of all, he wants her. But what about Andrew and Polly? Can they learn to love again?

I liked Learn Love In A Week. I enjoyed reading it over a few days, I found I could pick it up and put it down as I wanted, but I looked forward to the moments that I went back to the novel.

Told over the course of one week, Learn Love In A Week is written from different perspectives, including both Polly and Arthur's. Andrew Clover has done very well with this, and he manages to effortlessly slip from one characters viewpoint to anothers. The characters are well-written, I felt I knew a lot about each individual from their own parts. Arthur in particular was a great character, his personality, thoughts and feelings came across straight away and I felt as though I'd known him for a long time.

Learn Love In A Week was very funny. The comedy is very well written, it was written in a away where it suddenly just hit me and I burst into laughter, prompting some very strange looks. I think it's probably more relateable from a readers point if the reader has been married or in a long-term relationship, but regardless it can still be enjoyed by many.

It is not just the humour that makes this novel great, but there is a compelling plotline, and underlying messages of what is really important in life.I'm looking forward to reading more from Andrew Clover.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 February 2013
Andrew Clover has pulled off a wonder here. A meandering tale of changing fortunes in love and life, it will be read and enjoyed now or in many years to come as a retrospective view of early 21st century London.
Learn Love in a Week is much more than the page-turning rom com that its cover might suggest. Bought for me as a Valentines gift, my first impression from the cover and title was that this is not my usual reading fare. What a revelation though. This is deeply moving and thoughtful fiction. It is compulsive reading due to the warmth of the characters and the pace of the plot. Brim full of subtle and touching observations on modern life in a big metropolis (London), it charts the exploits and experiences of Polly and Arthur and numerous other interesting and colourful souls. It should be read as a lesson to anyone who might find themselves perpetually tweeting and meeting, seeing the trees, but not the wood. Powered along by the jokes and one liners, try reading it and not guffawing loudly at various points. This can be awkward (depending on where you chose to read it). The authorial voice is heard on many interesting subjects, but none more touching and authoritative than when musing on the virtues and problems with modern parenting and the pressures put on young children to "achieve". Children need love, support and encouragement and they'll do fine. How true. Speaking from experience, some do also need a kick up the ar*e at some point but that does not lessen Clover's point and I am sure he would accept that too.
Whether we chose to live our lives always thinking about love is a matter that can be discussed at length. The real point is that life is more than the house, castle or orchard we live in but really about the closeness and relationships with our fellow travellers. Obvious to some this maybe, but it's a point well worth making again and again. Read it. Laugh. Cry. Then put it down and feel warm inside.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 June 2013
Totally hilarious. Polly met her husband Arthur Midley at college and now have been married ten years with three children. Arthur announced to his wife Polly that he is going to write a novel about a sixteen year old boy reincarnation of King Arthur. Polly meets up with her ex boyfriend James Hammond she tells him she has done a garden design course when he offers Polly to design Bodsham Abbey for him. Em Polly's best friend joins a massive trend online course in Learn love in a week. Arthur does hilarious drawings of the painter Gustav Kilmt adding words to the drawings saying there is one thing for it complete physical union. I loved reading Learn love in a week it's very amusing for us chick-lit readers. I have more reviews on ireadnovels wordpress com. I would like to wish all readers a very enjoyable reading day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 March 2013
Given this book by a friend. Woke up in the middle of the night and picked it up. Didn't fancy reading a book about feelings, love and marriage but as it is by a man perhaps it will give a male perspective. On this basis started to read it and loved it. Finished in 3 days and perhaps my favourite book. Word of warning. Be careful about reading sections to your wife.
First extract was hilarious. Wife's Reaction was "that's not funny"
Second extract was on wanting nooky but not getting it. My wife left the room and she had a sleepless night
Third extract. 'Do you think you should be reading this is it helpful."
Loved it and hopefully a better person as a result
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2013
As a mildly control-freak wife and mother of two with yearnings for romance and the odd 'what the hell am I doing with my life' moment, LEARN LOVE IN A WEEK was compulsively addictive, laugh out loud funny and felt absolutely true to life. I read it on holiday, loved it and couldn't put it down. It's made me fall in love with family life all over again, even in John Lewis buying school shoes. And now I know what my husband is really thinking when I say 'Could you just put the bin out?'
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 March 2013
Andrew Clover's insight into marriage is hilariously funny and completely accurate. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever been married or is thinking of getting married! He manages to capture both male and female frustrations but does so in such a tender, humorous and insightful way that it can only serve to make you love the nags and quirks that are part and parcel of every marriage more. A must read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 March 2013
Thank you for such a wonderful piece of joy to brighten my gloomy february! It made me laugh out loud on so many, many occasions. Genuinely therapeutic. I urge anyone with too many kids and a slightly shabby husband to embrace this book and see them transformed and in a totally new light. (Plus it will seem spookily like Mr Clover has been into your house and enjoyed your marriage). Brilliant!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 February 2013
I absolutely loved this book... I whizzed through it in two days because it is funny and fast-paced, and because I was so caught up in the characters that I wanted to find out whether it all ended happily! It's also a refreshing change to read about love and relationships examined from a (mostly) masculine point of view, in a way which is humorous, touching and thought-provoking. Hurrah!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 February 2013
I loved 'Learn Love in a Week' so much that my own Arthur Midgely is transformed in my eyes. Maybe not transformed, because that's not what the book is about. I am reminded that as with Arthur and Polly, everything I've ever wanted is already under my nose, and it just takes a few dramas every now and then to see it. Thank you Andrew; you made me laugh, cry and kiss my husband.
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