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Interesting but ultimately depressing
on 30 December 2011
I know I'm writing this is a few years after this book was published but interested as I am about the male psyche I thought I'd give it a go. The author Mark Barrowcliffe writes about his extensive romantic escapades from his teenage years until he finally meets his wife. The one thing which jumps out immediately is how unlikeable the author is and I've read loads of lads' lit/blokey stuff in the past so I'm aware of the genre. He comes across as arrogant/picky and to be completely frank a bit of a bully in relationships, there's also a large element of one of Alan Partridge's favourite sayings 'needless to say I had the last laugh'. I just can't understand how he managed to woo an enormous selection of women into his bed as he's extremely self-deprecating too and isn't even subtle about it.
That said, it was fairly readable and extremely voyeuristic which I fully admit is my guilty pleasure. It just makes me glad that I'm no longer in the dating game - well for the time being anyway.