Matt Dunn

Matt Dunn is the author of five previous novels, including the bestselling The Ex-Boyfriend's Handbook, which was shortlisted for both the Romantic Novel of the Year Award and the Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance. He's also written about life, love, and relationships for various publications including The Times, Guardian, Cosmopolitan, Company, Glamour, Elle, and the Sun. Matt was born in Margate, but escaped to Spain to write his first novel, in-between working as a newspaper columnist and playing a lot of tennis. Previously he has been a professional lifeguard, fitness-equipment salesman and an I.T. head-hunter, but he prefers writing for a living, so please buy his other books. Visit the author at

Books by this Author

Best Man
The Accidental Proposal
The Good Bride Guide
Ex-Girlfriends United
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My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "Life is too short for mottos or maxims."

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Probably Dan in The Ex-Boyfriend's Handbook. Although maybe 'villain' is a little strong...

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Anyone who writes jokes for a living.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Don't Stop Me Now by Queen, Destiny by Zero 7, Lately by Stevie Wonder, Eple by Royksopp, Come Live With Me by Heaven 17. Ask me again tomorrow, though, and I might pick a different five.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. Happy as myself, thanks.

Author Voices

March 01, 2011

I wrote The Accidental Proposal in an attempt to explain why proposing is such a big deal for us men – possibly the biggest deal – and also, I wanted to explore how it might feel to have the tables turned, and to investigate all the insecurities and issues that might go with that.

One of my best friends was actually proposed to – his girlfriend used the less-than-romantic 'it's time' – and perhaps not surprisingly, you could tell he felt extremely awkward about admitting she'd done it. He also felt she'd denied him one of the major life experiences, and I wanted to write about that, and what that might mean to us.... see more

February 11, 2011

I'm often asked why I chose to write in a genre dominated by female voices. Well, ignoring the fact that most things are dominated by female voices, I suppose the answer is I didn't choose it - it chose me.
I always knew I wanted to write. Well, from the age of fourteen, when I wrote a piece to be read out at school assembly which got a few laughs. And while that may have been because my flies were undone, it was then I knew I wanted to be a comedy writer.

Unfortunately, it took me another twenty years to sit down and start writing my first novel – Best Man – partly because work/life got in the way, but mainly because see more


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