Dating, relationships, living together and marriage: advice and issues

Self-Contained Scenes from a single life

Self-Contained Scenes from a single life

Author: Emma John Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/05/2021

A wonderfully readable, thoughtful yet amusing, and sometimes painfully honest memoir from journalist Emma John as she asks: “What does happily ever after look like when your Prince Charming never shows up”. Emma is in her forties, she is not in a relationship, nor plans to be, in Self-Contained she looks at a society that views single as a temporary arrangement and, what it actually means to be on your own. Emma visits her past as she galloped through her twenties into her thirties and then entered her forties. She explores with intense personal reflection and writes with a self-depreciating wit. She is also incredibly honest and friendly, I felt as though I was having a heart to heart with one of my best friends. I have to admit to blushing beet red as I read one particular section, I still cringe at the memory of twenty-something me saying to a friend: “someone will come along when you’re least expecting it” and her vexed reply that she: “wasn’t looking”. Self-contained isn’t in the slightest bit preachy, it just feels as though Emma is allowing you into her thoughts, and in turn it made me think about mine. Chapter 14 is a wonderful closing chapter and it really, really made me smile. Self Contained: Scenes from a Single Life is a book for everyone, no matter how old you are, whether in a relationship or not, there is much to discover and appreciate between the pages. 

Symona's Still Single

Symona's Still Single

Author: Lisa Bent Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/10/2020

What do you do when you’ve reached 37 and your biological clock is ticking so loud you can’t hear anything else? Decide to change your fortunes by going out there and actively looking for Mr Right, of course. Symona’s journey through the dating world is as funny as it is frustrating and I had more than one laugh-out-moment. Smart and astute, I really enjoyed reading about her adventures in dating and often felt as though I’d met some of those men at certain points in my life.  Selected by Dorothy Koomson, Our Summer 2021 Guest Editor. Click here to read the full Guest Editor Piece. 

Pretending

Pretending

Author: Holly Bourne Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/04/2020

He said he was looking for a 'partner in crime' which everyone knows is shorthand for 'a woman who isn't real'. April is kind, pretty, and relatively normal - yet she can't seem to get past date five. Every time she thinks she's found someone to trust, they reveal themselves to be awful, leaving her heartbroken. And angry. If only April could be more like Gretel. Gretel is exactly what men want - she's a Regular Everyday Manic Pixie Dream Girl Next Door With No Problems. The problem is, Gretel isn't real. And April is now claiming to be her. As soon as April starts 'being' Gretel, dating becomes much more fun - especially once she reels in the unsuspecting Joshua. Finally, April is the one in control, but can she control her own feelings? And as she and Joshua grow closer, how long will she be able to keep pretending?

He's Just Not That into You : The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys

He's Just Not That into You : The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys

Author: Greg Behrendt, Liz Tuccillo Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/02/2012

As a bloke reviewing this book it is scarily truthful, why did the male co-author, Greg Behrendt, have to be so honest?! So ladies, stop stressing and blaming yourself just read it to find out things like...Why didn't he call you back? Why doesn't he talk to your friends? Why does he keep putting off your dates?  The answers are candid and funny. Life really is too short to get deeply attached to the wrong person.

A Modern Girl's Guide to Networking

A Modern Girl's Guide to Networking

Author: Sarah Ivens Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/03/2007

This is a practical guide for anyone wanting to improve their communication skills and gain success both personally and professionally. Without realising it most of us are networking all the time and this guide gives extra pointers on how to make the most of the skills we already possess and advice on how to gain some new ones. This is fun to read and handy to have.

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus

Author: John Gray Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/11/2002

With straightforward, honest writing from that precious male perspective, Gray unlocks the secrets hidden in your partner's words and actions to enable you both to reach true mutual understanding and a lifetime of love. Discover for yourself why thousands believe that MEN ARE FROM MARS, WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS should be mandatory reading for everyone.

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Secrets About Men Every Woman Should Know

Secrets About Men Every Woman Should Know

Author: Barbara De Angelis Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/01/1998

Discover how men really feel about women, love and sex and find out for yourself why everyone loves Secrets - from this relationship guru. Now repackaged with a beautiful new iconic cover, discover men's top twenty turn-offs, how to become a better lover without being a doormat, and close the gap between what men say and what they really mean.

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