Monday, 12 August 2013

The Serial Dater's Shopping List


Last night's shenanigans prompted me to post this a little prematurely. 

I'm currently halfway through Morgen Bailey's debut novel The Serial Dater's Shopping List. You can pick up a copy on Kindle for under a quid.

31 dates in 31 days – what could possibly go wrong?

Isobel MacFarlane is a recently-turned-40 journalist who usually writes a technology column for a newspaper based in Northampton, England, but her somewhat-intimidating boss, William, has set her the task of meeting 31 men, via a local internet dating site, all within a month.

Having an active, though fruitless, social life with her friend and ‘Health & Beauty’ colleague Donna, she knows what she wants in a man, so creates a shopping list of dos and don’ts, and starts ticking them off as she meets Mr Could Be Right Except For, Mr Not Bad, Mr Oh My Goodness and Mr Oh So Very Wrong.

Follow the ups (there are a few) and downs (there are many) of the dating process and intertwined with her experiences, get to know her colleague and family, including her niece Lola who, apart from being an amazing storyteller, can eat ambidextrously whilst wearing a Princess glove puppet on her right hand, and Baby, William’s non-too-healthy African Grey parrot. 

The reason I felt compelled to post early is because regular readers will know that several months ago, on a previous incarnation of this blog, there was talk of Col, Morgen and myself doing a real-life shopping list for the bloggesphere. Pretty much the plot of this book in real-time. Sadly, that's gone to pot with Col deciding he'd rather go to the Middle East than suffer the dating scene in the UK. Harsh, but, having now read The Serial Dater's Shopping List, I completely understand where he's coming from.

This book is a tour de force of Northampton, its night life, its highlights, its live wires and its living dead. It can either be viewed as a commentary on the online dating scene, or a warning. I'll let you know when I get to the end. Either way, it's fun and frivolous holiday reading.

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