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The Unexpected Joy of Being Single (Paperback)

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Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 27/12/2018
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* 'This refreshing, unusual book needs to exist. A culture shift which repositions a single person as someone who is relationship-free, complete, and not lacking is long overdue.' - The i *

Having a secret single freak-out? Feeling the red, heart-shaped urgency intensify as the years roll on by? Oh hi! You're in the right place.

Over half of Brits aged 25-44 are now single. It's become the norm to remain solo until much later in life, given the average marriage ages of 35 (women) and 38 (men). Many of us are choosing never to marry at all.
But society, films, song lyrics and our parents are adamant that a happy ending has to be couple-shaped. That we're incomplete without an 'other half'*, like a bisected panto pony. Cue: single sorrow. Dating like it's a job. Spending half our lives waiting for somebody-we-fancy to text us back. Feeling haunted by the terms 'spinster' or 'confirmed bachelor.'

Catherine Gray took a whole year off dating to find single satisfaction. She lifted the lid on the reasons behind the global single revolution, explored the bizarre ways cultures single-shame, detached from 'all the good ones are gone!' panic and debunked the myth that married people are much happier.

Let's start the reverse brainwash, in order to locate - and luxuriate in - single happiness. Are you in?

*Spoiler: you're already whole

PRAISE FOR CATHERINE GRAY'S WRITING:

"Fascinating." Bryony Gordon.

"Not remotely preachy." The Times

"Jaunty, shrewd and convincing." The Telegraph

"Admirably honest, light, bubbly and remarkably rarely annoying." The Guardian

"Truthful, modern and real." Stylist

"Brave, witty and brilliantly written." Marie Claire

"Haunting, admirable and enlightening." The Pool

Publisher: Octopus Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781912023813
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 260 g
Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Praise for Catherine Gray's writing :

"Fascinating." Bryony Gordon.

"Not remotely preachy." The Times

"Jaunty, shrewd and convincing." The Telegraph

"Admirably honest, light, bubbly and remarkably rarely annoying." The Guardian

"Truthful, modern and real." Stylist

"Brave, witty and brilliantly written." Marie Claire

"Haunting, admirable and enlightening." The Pool

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“Hilariously funny, witty and honest!”

One of the best books I've read in a long time. Read this after being dumped and I've never felt so gloriously free and happy to be single without fear or worry. Well written and comical, I couldn't put... More

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“A must read for all”

I’m not one for really speaking about being single or even caring too much about it either but this book was just too good not to share. There’s so many things in it that made me say “that’s me” or “people have said... More

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“Food for thought”

A helpful book with a fresh perspective on singledom. Certainly given me some things to reflect on. This book challenges societal norms and redefines what it means to have a soul mate. Be prepared to laugh and... More

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