Ladies' ManPaperback - 1999
There's nothing normal about a man loving a woman.
Meet Simon, early thirties, a travel agent going nowhere, looking for love in all the wrong places. Simon says his big problem is that he only falls in love with his best friends - the rest of the world doesn't compare. Simon says his great gift is that he understands the workings of a woman's mind. Simon even says he knows what women want. Simon says a lot of things.
When Simon finally does find love, it's where he least expects it, and to his great surprise and relief, she feels the same way. His new passion changes everything: how Simon looks at the world, how the world sees him, what he thinks about himself. He's a stranger in a strange land with a lot to learn. But why does he have to practice gently licking sugar of the top of a cappuccino? What's all that about?
An original and comic angle on how men love, by turns startlingly earthy and unexpectedly touching, this is a tremendous debut novel from an outstanding new voice in contemporary popular fiction.