Praise for THE EX-BOYFRIEND’S HANDBOOK, shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year Award and the Melissa Nathan award:
Funny, moving and a guaranteed page-turner. Brilliant!
– Mike Gayle
Ben Grant is fed up with always meeting the wrong girl. He’s just celebrated his thirtieth birthday by being dumped by, ironically, his thirtieth girlfriend, and he decides that he can’t go on like this.
His best friend Ashif is getting married this year, to the lovely Prithi, and while Ben’s really chuffed for him, he can’t help feeling a little frustrated that he hasn’t managed to meet someone as nice as Prithi is.
Ben thinks Ash and Prithi are a match made in heaven, but when Ash admits that his parents had arranged the whole thing, Ben has an idea. Why not ask his mum and dad to do the same for him?
Ben’s parents think this is a great idea, and (being somewhat disapproving of the usual girlfriends Ben occasionally brings home for Sunday lunch) they see it as the perfect opportunity to set their son on the right path to matrimonial bliss. But Ben’s idea of the kind of woman he wants to settle down with turns out to be quite different from that of his somewhat traditional mum and dad…
Meanwhile, in desperation, Ben’s dad starts asking every girl he meets whether she’s single, which gets him into trouble with his own wife. And when Ben’s mum gets arrested and accused of being a pimp, despite her insistence that she was only ‘looking for a girl for my son’, the whole plan comes crashing down. Ben realises things have gone too far, and asks Ash’s parents to step in.
Together, Ben and Ash’s parents start to line up a selection of women who Ben thinks are more suitable. But when he finally meets the girl he thinks might actually be ‘the one’, and she’s not interested in him, Ben realises he has to change his whole attitude, and maybe take a leaf out his mum and dad’s book. Can he learn the art of romance from his parents to land the girl of his dreams?
Matt Dunn returned to live in the UK from Malaga, where, having sold a recruitment agency, he wrote a weekly humour column for the main English-language newspaper in Spain. As a young man he was the UK National Lifesaving Champion and a member of the English Swimming Squad. Great fun, eloquent and good-looking, he is an exciting new voice in the commercial-fiction arena.