• The Unexpected Joy of Being Single

  • Locating Happily-Single Serenity
  • By: Catherine Gray
  • Narrated by: Catherine Gray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 27-12-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Aster
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

Regular price: £19.99

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Summary

Single in your late 20s or, hold the phone, in your 30s or beyond? Oh hi! You're in the right place.  

Over a third of us are now single. With the single camp growing at 10 times the rate of the actual population, it is now the norm to be single well into our 30s - the average marriage age for women is 35 and 37 for men. But nobody seems to have told society, rom-com makers, songwriters, marriage-hungry mothers, 'tick-tock' uncles, our mates or us that.  

Cue: single anxiety. Love addiction. Spending hours scrolling through dating apps. Being inconsolable when he/she doesn't text. Humming 'Here Comes the Bride' when they do.  

Catherine Gray went through all of this. And then some. She took a whole year off dating to get her love-hooked head straight. How do we chill our boots about our single status? Detach from 'all the good ones are gone!' panic? And deprogramme from urgent, red, heart-shaped societal pressure to find your 'other half'*? 

We know intellectually that single is far preferable to panic-settling, yet we forget that almost constantly. Why? Psychologists and neuroscientists tell us? Let's start the reverse brainwash and locate our happily-single sanity for good. Are you in?  

*Spoiler: you're already a whole person. 

©2018 Catherine Gray (P)2018 Octopus Publishing Group

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loved it

great to finally hear what I had been thinking for so long. made me relate and laugh and feel empowered

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Captivating

Loved this honest book. Couldn’t put it down. Insightful and made me wince when I remember feeling the same way as CG. Let’s you rethink about your own life and choices and attitudes whether you’re single or not. Joy is from within. Fantastic author. Highly recommend.

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LOVED IT!! An inspiring and empowering book!

This is an honest and open book with humour and emotion. A great listen for anyone who is or has been single which I have recommended to many female friends.
Clearly written from the heart, it is also backed up with incredibly interested data. Even if you aren’t single I would still recommend you give this a listen.

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An uplifting and powerful read

So much to be taken from this beautifully honest and insightful book. What a gift.

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10 out of 10.

Loved it. Could not turn off! Catherine is so entertainingly honest! Everyone should read. Cannot recommend enough!

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I needed this!

I loved this book, so many 'ohhh, that's why I did that' moments, very enlightening and empowering!

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Hire a better narrator!

I enjoyed this and her previous book, but she is not a natural audiobook reader, it's read slowly and with virtually no intonation!

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Incredible book

Loved this book so much. Listened to it over just 5 days! Found it so inspiring, funny and relatable.

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Love this! Actually completely changed how I view being single

Thank you for giving me the facts! Thank you for sharing the good and bad side of being single and how you’re treated by others people. But mostly, thank you for the stats and the research, you’ve helped to feel happy being single and I’m so relieved that I no longer want to search. I’m happy to enjoy life for now, finally!

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Another beautiful and relatable journey shared by Catherine Gray

When I became curious about giving up alcohol I turned to The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober. Whilst reading the book, I found my self gobsmacked at how many of her experiences I could relate to, as well finding places/rooms that I didn’t even know existed inside of me.
This book was exactly the same; full of facts, so much love and kindness and a tool box full of knowledge and responses to arm yourself with, in the rediscovery of self.
I absolutely love the way the books are narrated and can’t recommend them enough.
If you’re reading this CG, thank you for going against the grain and for sharing your stories, adventures and journey. You’ve inspired such an exciting chapter in my life! To being solo and sober 👸🏻

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loved it

great to finally hear what I had been thinking for so long. made me relate and laugh and feel empowered

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  • Heather
  • 16-01-19

Captivating

Loved this honest book. Couldn’t put it down. Insightful and made me wince when I remember feeling the same way as CG. Let’s you rethink about your own life and choices and attitudes whether you’re single or not. Joy is from within. Fantastic author. Highly recommend.

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  • Slade
  • 14-01-19

LOVED IT!! An inspiring and empowering book!

This is an honest and open book with humour and emotion. A great listen for anyone who is or has been single which I have recommended to many female friends.
Clearly written from the heart, it is also backed up with incredibly interested data. Even if you aren’t single I would still recommend you give this a listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-01-19

An uplifting and powerful read

So much to be taken from this beautifully honest and insightful book. What a gift.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-01-19

10 out of 10.

Loved it. Could not turn off! Catherine is so entertainingly honest! Everyone should read. Cannot recommend enough!

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  • 09-01-19

I needed this!

I loved this book, so many 'ohhh, that's why I did that' moments, very enlightening and empowering!

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  • 09-01-19

Hire a better narrator!

I enjoyed this and her previous book, but she is not a natural audiobook reader, it's read slowly and with virtually no intonation!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • 09-01-19

Incredible book

Loved this book so much. Listened to it over just 5 days! Found it so inspiring, funny and relatable.

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  • Claire
  • 06-01-19

Love this! Actually completely changed how I view being single

Thank you for giving me the facts! Thank you for sharing the good and bad side of being single and how you’re treated by others people. But mostly, thank you for the stats and the research, you’ve helped to feel happy being single and I’m so relieved that I no longer want to search. I’m happy to enjoy life for now, finally!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-01-19

Another beautiful and relatable journey shared by Catherine Gray

When I became curious about giving up alcohol I turned to The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober. Whilst reading the book, I found my self gobsmacked at how many of her experiences I could relate to, as well finding places/rooms that I didn’t even know existed inside of me.
This book was exactly the same; full of facts, so much love and kindness and a tool box full of knowledge and responses to arm yourself with, in the rediscovery of self.
I absolutely love the way the books are narrated and can’t recommend them enough.
If you’re reading this CG, thank you for going against the grain and for sharing your stories, adventures and journey. You’ve inspired such an exciting chapter in my life! To being solo and sober 👸🏻

1 of 1 people found this review helpful