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Honest account of a relationship and its breakdown
on 30 January 2014
But has she gone too far? After having this book on my shelf since last century I picked it up recently thinking it would be a quick read and found I got hooked by it. It was something of a retro read as I began to think what I was doing back in 1995. As I read through the book I was struck by how honest Kathryn was about her life and her relationship; painfully so. This is Kathryn’s perspective only on meeting, marrying and splitting up with her husband, all in the space of less than three years. It seems clear to me that she simply got swept away by a guy she really didn’t know that well at all and who later on saw her as a complete stranger in their marriage. I can’t help thinking that she was in love with the idea of marriage and rushed into it, particularly after the disasters she recounted before meeting Eric, at the first sign of what looked to be serious intentions. She just wanted to settle down. I wasn’t aware at the beginning that this was a serialised column in the Observer in the same way as Liz Jones’s Diary – which I find very irritating and self-indulgent - and I do have some sympathy for Eric in that he found himself being written about regularly. But far more sympathy is reserved for Kathryn. She was treated very badly by an immature commitment-phobe (though he did go on to remarry and have three children, and is still with the younger wife as far as I am aware). So – did he grow up, or did he simply meet the right woman at last? He seemed to play around with both his first two wives’ emotions. I thought sending dead roses on Valentine’s Day a very odd thing to do, and some of the revelations about Eric were a little embarrassing. It was a very painful story and I felt it was well written, honest and just verging on the side of oversharing.