Crap Dates: Disastrous Encounters From Single Life by Rhodri Marsden

8:41am Thursday 16th February 2012

Crap Dates: Disastrous Encounters From Single Life by Rhodri Marsden is published in hardback by Simon & Schuster, priced £6.99. Available now.

THIS is the third book by Rhodri Marsden, who's a musician, writer, newspaper columnist (he's written for The Guardian, Time Out and has a weekly column in the Independent) and social networking maestro.

Crap Dates started when he posted on Twitter about a rubbish date from 2002 on the social networking site, and got thousands of responses. This book is a collection of the best responses he got to his crap date tweet, and they're hilarious, sad, weird and slightly strange.

Some of the best are: "We played that game, 'I've never...' I asked him if he'd ever been arrested. 'Yes, seven times actually, twice for attempted murder.'"; and "A date once took me to HMV in Reading where, unbeknownst to me, he shoplifted 'Oh, Carolina' by Shaggy and then gave it to me as a gift."

This book is hilarious, and I lost count of how many times I laughed uncontrollably. It's definitely a must-have for those who are single and need cheering up, or just for those who are up for a good laugh. Brilliant.

10/10 (Review by Emma Everingham)

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