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Straight from the bestseller lists in the UK comes a novel "full of belly laughs and painfully acute observations" (The Independent on Sunday), an excursion into the world of a modern male that "delivers its punch lines directly to the heart" (Birmingham Evening Mail). Like Helen Fielding's smash success Bridget Jones and Nick Hornby's classic High Fidelity, Mr. Commitment promises to make a big splash this side of the Atlantic as well.

Benjamin Duffy is a stand-up comic/temp who, like many men in their late twenties, is forced to face the eternal question: "To commit or not to commit?" After four years of biding her time, Benjamin's girlfriend has proposed, issuing an ultimatum that sets Benjamin's head spinning. He knows that Mel's the one for him, but should he swap his stellar record collection and fridge full of beer for dinner parties and trips to IKEA? Maybe if Benjamin could swap "till death do us part" with "renewable on a four-year basis" he'd be happy, but the choice-as far as Mel sees it-is all or nothing. Now or never. Mel or no Mel.

So after a lifetime as Mr. Irresponsible, does Benjamin have what it takes to become Mr. Commitment?


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Published: Crown Publishing Group an imprint of Random House Publishing Group on Aug 6, 2002
ISBN: 9780767910880
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I really like reading chick-lit and this time round I went for the male version of it. I'm pretty sure it isn't called bloke-lit, but as far as the content and fun goes it really is chick-lit from a male perspective.Mike Gayle offers both male and female readers a fantastic read which, even more so, is very insightful (from the female perspective) and more than just a little laughter inducing without going over the top. While I heard that his first novel My Legendary Girlfriend is apparently his best book (I haven't read it yet, though), I must say that this is probably a worthy successor.So, girl wants to finally see a ring on her finger, but boy is too scared to commit, because their life works perfectly just the way it is. Oh the wonders and workings of the male psyche. A marvelous and honest read, you can almost believe the characters are real, because the whole story has a real life feel to it. Well done.In short: A wonderfully funny and touching piece of male chick-lit!read more
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What a disappointment after 'My Legendary Girlfriend', which was a happier, fluffier book altogether. This was like one big, long moan over nothing, like listening to a self-absorbed single professional twenty-something.read more
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Mike Gayle's book put me in a fighting mood, I don't know why. The cover quote is right: the book is full of acute observations and I enjoy the self deprecating humour, but I just don't get the whole "truly loves her but is a commitment phobic thing so suddenly there's a major personality change" and start to believe it's entirely made up plot device for romance novels. It was entertaining, but not as funny and less as some of the others I read.read more
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I really like reading chick-lit and this time round I went for the male version of it. I'm pretty sure it isn't called bloke-lit, but as far as the content and fun goes it really is chick-lit from a male perspective.Mike Gayle offers both male and female readers a fantastic read which, even more so, is very insightful (from the female perspective) and more than just a little laughter inducing without going over the top. While I heard that his first novel My Legendary Girlfriend is apparently his best book (I haven't read it yet, though), I must say that this is probably a worthy successor.So, girl wants to finally see a ring on her finger, but boy is too scared to commit, because their life works perfectly just the way it is. Oh the wonders and workings of the male psyche. A marvelous and honest read, you can almost believe the characters are real, because the whole story has a real life feel to it. Well done.In short: A wonderfully funny and touching piece of male chick-lit!
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
What a disappointment after 'My Legendary Girlfriend', which was a happier, fluffier book altogether. This was like one big, long moan over nothing, like listening to a self-absorbed single professional twenty-something.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Mike Gayle's book put me in a fighting mood, I don't know why. The cover quote is right: the book is full of acute observations and I enjoy the self deprecating humour, but I just don't get the whole "truly loves her but is a commitment phobic thing so suddenly there's a major personality change" and start to believe it's entirely made up plot device for romance novels. It was entertaining, but not as funny and less as some of the others I read.
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