Jane Fallon

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Getting Rid of Matthew

book | Fiction | 2007
UK → Penguin
US → Hyperion

What to do if Matthew, your secret lover of the past four years, finally decides to leave his wife Sophie and their two daughters and move into your flat, just when you're thinking that you might not want him anymore...

Plan A - Stop shaving your armpits. And your bikini line. Tell him you have a moustache that you wax every six weeks. Stop having sex with him. Pick holes in the way he dresses. Don't brush your teeth. Or your hair. Or pluck out the stray hag-whisker that grows out of your chin. Buy incontinence pads and leave them lying around.

Plan B - Accidentally on purpose bump into his wife Sophie. Give yourself a fake name and identity. Befriend Sophie. Actually begin to really like Sophie. Snog Matthew's son. (Who's the same age as you by the way. You're not a paedophile.)  Buy a cat and give it a fake name and identity. Befriend Matthew's children.

Unsuccessfully watch your whole plan go absolutely horribly wrong. Getting Rid of Matthew isn't as easy as it seems, but along the way Helen will forge an unlikely friendship, find real love and realize that nothing ever goes exactly to plan...

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Reviews

This is better than reading your best friend's diary, it's like reading your worst enemy's diary. Adele Parks

Brit TV producer Fallon takes careful what you wish for to hilarious heights in her debut novel...
Publishers Weekly
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Fallon makes Helen's twisted mind pathetic, hilarious, and relatable all at once. Her story is a gritty look at the madness of never knowing exactly what you want...
Entertainment Weekly