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Around the World in 80 Dates


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One of Britain's leading travel experts - known to readers from BBC1 travel programmes and countless print features & tv appearances - tells the fabulously entertaining story of her global dating tour.

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Head of PR and Spokesperson for Lonely Planet Publications for a decade, Jennifer Cox is one of Britain's leading travel experts. A presenter for BBC Holidays and co-presenter of BBC1's Perfect Holiday, Jennifer is also regularly interviewed on programmes such as Today or GMTV. She presented her own weekly travel show on BBC Radio 1 for three years, has a weekly slot on Sky News and has written for all the national papers as well as Marie Claire, Esquire and Cosmo. Film rights for Around the World in 80 Dates have been optioned to Universal Pictures.


There's a new bachelorette on the scene, only this one is a writer first and a boy-crazy speed-dater second. Cox was the 38-year-old head of public relations for Lonely Planet when she decided to give her usual globe-trotting itinerary a twist: Rather than traveling to recover from Mr. Wrong, what if I went traveling to find Mr. Right? She assembled a Relationship REsumE (listing her own romantic history) and a Soul Mate Job Description (outlining the position she was looking to fill) and distributed them to a global network of Date Wranglers, who then tracked down eligible suitors around the world. Cox met 80 men in 18 countries over a period of eight months an impressive logistical feat, especially compared to her television counterparts, who never seem to leave their hot tubs. Her dates ranged from bizarre (recalcitrant William, whom she met at the Nobel Museum in Stockholm) to exhilarating (Olivier, who gives her a moonlit tour of Paris), but they were rarely boring. Best of all, Cox's entertaining quest for love gives readers a look at places they may not see otherwise, including Juliet's balcony in Verona and a whimsical theme park in rural Holland. Does Cox live happily ever after? Armchair travelers and diehard romantics will speed through this unique memoir to find out. Agent, Lizzy Kremer at David Higham Associates. (Apr.)FYI: This is Downtown Press's first nonfiction book. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

"'An entertaining romp'" Mail on Sunday "'A book of frenetic energy ... and snappy turn of phrase. Fast-moving and fun, Around the World in 80 Dates is a book for anyone who thinks love might be found out there'" Sunday Times "'A fun account that will make every single girl want to pack her bags!'" New Woman "'Perfect inspiration for your New Year's resolution'" Cosmopolitan "'Heart-warming ... told with humour ... Don't be surprised if you find yourself booking a plan ticket soon!'" Hot Stars

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