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Publisher's Summary

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 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 is 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.

©2007 Jane Fallon; (P)2007 Orion Publishing Group Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Fallon delivers the goods in a believable and scathingly funny voice. She gives Helen and Sophie the human bumps and curves that make them so alive, you'll find yourself wishing you could ring them for lunch." (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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  • Simon Evers
  • 02-06-08

Made by the excellent reader

This sort of 'chick lit' is not the sort of book I would usually listen to or read. However, I enjoyed it a great deal and the credit for this must, I think, go largely to the reader, Fenella Woolgar, who is outstanding.

The story concerns Helen, a thirty-something with a dead-end job, who is wooed by her married boss (Matthew) and ends up taking him into her home and bed. Things get more complicated when Matthew's wife (Sophie) learns of his infidelity and he is thrown out. When he comes to live with Helen, she begins to realise that things are not as rosy as they were at first.

Things thereafter get more complicated but, in the end, turn out more or less OK for everyone. An entertaining and mainly light-hearted story, if a little far-fetched in places.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Z
  • 06-24-17

Funny story, beautifully read

Very amusing story of love, betrayal and most importantly friendship. The narrator really brings the story to life. Finished in a day as was so eager to hear more!

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  • abigail
  • 02-22-17

great!

brilliant book, I enjoyed it. great reader, funny interesting entertaining fab fab fab fab fab

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  • JENNYBUCKS
  • 01-19-17

Really enjoyable listen

This was my first Jane Fallon but it certainly won't be my last...very funny 'modern' tale of betrayal and how to waste your life on a married man!

Recommended to all those who have loved and lost...and those that haven't!

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  • Rani
  • 12-29-16

left you wanting to know more!

very well read your the narrator and the story left you wanting to know more. funny throughout
and kept you on your toes!

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  • Jo Chiverton
  • 07-20-15

Good listen

This is a good listen, a good fast paced chic lit that keeps you interested.

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  • Julie
  • 04-30-08

Great fun :)

My first audiobook and it had me hooked. It was so enjoyable with lots of twists and turns. My husband downloaded it on his ipod and I didn't really expect him to enjoy it as I thought it was more of a 'girly' book but on a long, boring car journey one day he decided to give it a go and throughly enjoyed it too.

Enjoy!

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  • Snowdrop
  • 09-20-17

Very entertaining

Where does Getting Rid of Matthew rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have listened to so many it's hard to rank - but it is certainly a very good read.

What did you like best about this story?

Slightly unusual relationships - a bit silly, but most entertaining. Loved the characters.

What does Fenella Woolgar bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The performance made the book. Very, very well read. Not overacted, but made the characters very real.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Had it been possible, yes.

Any additional comments?

Very well written. Didn't get too complicated, but enough to keep it interesting. Really liked the main character, Helen, and it came across clearly that Matthew is a scumbag. The performance was excellent.

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  • sunglo
  • 08-16-17

Easy read

Enjoyable easy read. I enjoyed this book. Great easy read. I would recommend this book.

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  • 10-24-10

Getting Rid of Matthew

Totally agree with former reviews, Fenella Woolgar has done an amazing job for her narration. I love her voice, especially the voice of 'Matthew' which is incredibly sexy (which I would otherwise not found when I was reading the text!)
It's not easy to make a good voice for the opposite sex and not many narrators can handle that well frankly. I'm expecting more work from her or an unabridged version of this one.

Wonderful !