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Getting Rid of Matthew by Jane Fallon

Getting Rid of Matthew

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A 2014 World Book Night selection.

A glorious romantic romp full of lies, deception and manipulation. Matthew finally leaves his wife and two children to join Helen his long-term girlfriend of four years, only to find that their relationship was better when it was an illicit one. But Helen is a softy at heart and rectifying their mistake takes some interesting turns. This is sharp, addictive, compulsive stuff, most enjoyable and highly recommended.

Click here to see Jane Fallon's new book, Skeletons, which is out now in paperback.

Comparison: Allison Pearson, Jane Moore, Carmen Reid.

If you like Jane Fallon you might also like to read books by Catherine Ryan Hyde, Lucy Dawson and Jennifer Weiner.

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Getting Rid of Matthew by Jane Fallon

A 2014 World Book Night selection.

What to do if Matthew, your secret lover of the past four years, finally decides to leave his wife Sophie (and their two daughters) and move into your flat, just when you’re thinking that you might not want him anymore…


Stop shaving your armpits. And your bikini line
Tell him you have a moustache that you wax every six weeks
Stop having sex with him
Pick holes in the way he dresses
Don’t brush your teeth. Or your hair. Or the stray hag-whisker that grows out of your chin
Buy incontinence pads and leave them lying around


Accidentally on purpose bump into his wife Sophie
Give yourself a fake name and identity
Befriend Sophie
Actually begin to really like Sophie
Snog Matthew’s son (whose the same age as you by the way. You’re not a paedophile)
Buy a cat and give it a fake name and identity
Befriend Matthew’s children. Unsuccessfully
Watch your whole plan go absolutely horribly wrong
Getting Rid of Matthew isn’t as easy as it seems, but along the way Helen will forge an unlikely friendship, find real love and realize that nothing ever goes exactly to plan…


Praise for Jane Fallon * - * Chick lit with an edge * Guardian * A brilliant and original tale * Sun * Intelligent, edgy and witty * Glamour * I love Fallon, she's in a category all of her own - her books are great fun and her characters are fabulous, believable women who take no nonsense -- Marian Keyes * Daily Mail *

About the Author

Jane Fallon

Jane Fallon is the multi-award-winning television producer behind shows such as This Life, Teachers and 20 Things To Do Before You're 30. Her previous books include Getting Rid of Matthew, Got You Back, Foursome and The Ugly Sister and Skeletons. Strictly Between Us is her sixth novel.

Author photo © Lee Carter

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4th January 2007


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Penguin Books Ltd


Paperback (b Format)
416 pages


Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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